WuWo Tea Ceremonies
A WuWo Tea Ceremony, Lama Cha Tenzin’s favouite practice of ChaDao.
A WuWo is a tea ceremony grounded in the principle of Selflessness.
It is originally from Taiwan, it was a new tea ceremony developed in the 1980s. A perfect example of a community tea ceremony. It is currently actively practiced around the world by groups and tea societies, -including our regular WuWo events in London.
The ceremony is based primarily in GongFu techniques of making tea, although all forms of tea making are acceptable and welcome.
The Traditional practice was modified by Grand Master Tsai, Rong Tsang in Taiwan in 1989 to create a ceremony that allows many participants to brew and serve tea together.
There is no ranking or leadership of participants by level of knowledge, nationality, religion, or social status and there is no expectation of reward.
The ceremony aims to help participants foster an inclusive attitude and cultivate cooperation and compassion toward others while sharing a cup of tea.
Everyone brings their own tea utensils and brews the tea leaves they have brought with them.
Preferably performed outdoors, the participants sit in a circle, allowing no rank or leader of the group.
They the brew and serve tea, in their own styles of tea making, to the three persons on their left while reserving one cup for themselves. They are then left with four unique cups of tea.
Multiple infusion rounds are brewed then all gather their cups and pack to go home, this completes the ceremony.
The Seven Principles
Wu-Wo ceremony is based upon seven principles that help the experience:
1. Seating is determined by random drawing. There is no distinction by rank or social status.
2. Tea is served in one direction but received from the other. No reward is expected from those you have served.
3. Keep an open mind and reserve judgment in order to accept and appreciate different teas and brewing styles. Never judge nor criticise.
4. Check and review constantly while keeping a positive and tolerant attitude in order to brew the best tea you can.
5. Brewing is not restricted to any particular school or regional style.
6. Everyone follows the rules and prearranged schedule so no director is needed. Late arriving participants are not usually admitted once the ceremony has begun.
7. Silence is maintained while brewing to allow the cultivation of group rhythm and harmony and a spirit of cooperation and thoughtfulness toward others.