THE TAO OF TEA
I have really enjoyed the time spent at THE TAO OF TEA. Listed below are LINKS to a
few photos of the tea, soup, and sandwich shop side of the teahouse. (Next time I am in Portland I hope to obtain photos
of the teahouse garden side of THE TAO OF TEA.)
- Front Sign: This shot is taken from the front of THE TAO OF TEA.
You can see the houses from across the street in the reflection of
the teahouse's front window beneath the sign.
- Left Side Of The Entry Way: This doorway leads to the restroom
which gets a lot of use if you drink a lot of tea. The facing wall,
with door, is just to the left side of the front doorway entry to the
teahouse. Facing the wall to your right is a small altar and pictures.
- Small Altar: The small altar that I mentioned above is right across from the entrance to THE TAO OF TEA.
It lends to the solemn feeling of the shop. It sort of says, "Come in, order a pot of tea, and calm down; this will be a healthy experience for your mind and body."
- Back Wall With Tea Bar and Kitchen: This is the back of the tea
house with the teas on the shelves, kitchen and tea bar. The room is
very earthy and has a simple beauty in a Zen sort of way.
- My Friend Russell Shaw: This is my friend Russell Shaw at a
table with his pot of tea; he usually prefers a green tea. To his
back is the right wall as one enters the teahouse. There is a
beautiful Zen style waterfall on the wall towards the back of the
shop from where Russell is sitting. Along the wall behind Russell
are tea pots, serving sets and packages of tea for those interested in
purchasing such for their home.
- Zen Style Waterfall: The sound of trickling water from this water fall can be heard
over the relative silence adds to the ambiance of this teahouse. This is a beautiful piece of art work; it is really hard to capture its real beauty in a photograph.
- The World Is A Small Place: I was so surprised when I ran into this young person working at THE
TAO OF TEA. He had been raised in India as his father is the head of the Sikhs of the West ashram in Washington DC. His parents are followers of Yogi Bhagan Siri Sahid Shingh. He was raised with a friend's son who was born at the ashram in Atlanta GA. We had good conversation which
brought back many fond memories. His friend's mother was one of my Kundelini Yoga teachers; I met Yogi Bhagan a couple of times in later 1970's. Yes, it is always good to find that the children are coming along
nicely; that is, becoming good responsible adults with minds of their own.
- A Pot Of Tea And Me: If memory serves me correctly then this is a little cast iron pot of hot
water over a flame pot, a small terra-cotta steeping cup with lid, and a drinking cup from which I drank green tea. The green tea is placed in the steeping cup and hot water from the pot is added. After about one minute, for the first cup, I would decant the fresh green
tea into the drinking cup to sip from. When the cup of tea is finished I was directed to fill the steeping cup with hot water again and wait about 30 seconds to decant the second cup into the drinking cup for sipping. So it goes until all of the hot water is used, or it
is time to leave. BTW, that is a blissed out tbass, me, enjoying the tea at THE TAO OF TEA.
- My Tea Art Shot: This is what one can expect to be served at a
teahouse. The beauty of simplicity is very calming.
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