Tith Ngaw Pai Kung-Fu, Antwerpen, Belgium, Chinese Tea-plantation

Art of Tea

Kong Sifu and Mr. Yung in South China
Kong Sifu and Mr. Yung in South China

Introduced by the Buddhist monk Ta Mo, it is believed to have first appeared around 543 AD in China. This Indian monk was of imperial birth and headed a Buddhist Patriarch. The imperial court in China summoned him. The emperor however was not impressed by his knowledge and sent him back. On his return, he halted at the Shaolin temple and retired to a cave for nine years to meditate. He created the Siem-Buddhism (Zen or Chan). Siem Buddhists believe in internal meditations of the heart, in understanding things and living in harmony with everything (instant enlightenment). One day, he almost fell asleep during meditation. To prevent that from happening, he cut off his eyelids. When they fell to the ground, they immediately rooted and germinated fairly quickly. It grew into the very first tea plant, the symbol and cause of eternal watchfulness.

Our institute teaches the art of Cha Tao; the way of tea, promoting harmony, quiet the heart and having peace of mind. Chinese tea is made with the kung fu tea ceremony. Sharing the tea table in harmony around the subject of our martial art is an inherent and traditional part of our lessons.

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