About the Site
teatechnique.org is the online publication of "An Introduction to the Art & Science of Chinese Tea Ceremony", a multi-part web-book series by Jason M. Cohen.
My motivation for writing this series is to improve the level of advanced-practitioner knowledge of tea ceremony in the English speaking world. From 2009 - 2016 I was able to propagate and advance the praxis of tea by teaching students of the Tea Institute at Penn State. Since moving to New York in 2016, I have continued my personal practice, alone. When COVID-19 caused lockdown and quarantine restrictions around the world, I went from traveling over 200,000 (qualified) miles on Delta alone (in my role as Founder & CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems) to spending quite a bit of time in my personal tea room. Never one to let a good crisis go to waste, I've used this ongoing quarantine period to finish, at least in part, the book series I first started writing in 2012.
While a physical book may one day be published, this website hosts the most up-to-date canonical version. Book sections are published weekly and discussed in the comment threads.
Tradition and Lineage
Tea Technique and the series, An Introduction to the Art & Science of Chinese Tea Ceremony, are written in the literati gentlemen-scholar tradition. The viewpoint of all chapters strives for rational interpretation, historical accuracy, and contemporary application.
While I have the upmost respect for the spiritual path of tea (and have extensively practiced various forms of Buddhism), and while some chapters discuss the religious history of Neo-Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism in China, the spiritual path is not my path.
The goal of my particular tradition of Chinese Tea Ceremony is to brew good tea. The contents of Tea Technique covers the techniques of brewing, the identification and understanding of specific teas, and analysis on the contemporary cultural anthropology and sociology of upper level GongFu tea practice.
Membership confers access to to the books and discussion of each chapter below. Further benefits are detailed here: Why Subscribe?.
Why Subscribe Now?
The publication of the first physical book is likely a year or more in the future. Practitioners interested in learning more now will benefit from early access to the contents of Tea Technique.
Individuals who plan to take part in the discussion and debate shaping the writing of this book will benefit all members.
Individuals interested in reading a complete physical book are advised to wait.
BOOK 0 - An Introduction to the Art & Science of Chinese Tea Ceremony: Author's Foreword
My mea culpa and a required definition in defense of the word "ceremony".
Table of Contents
BOOK 1 - An Introduction to the Art & Science of Chinese Tea Ceremony: On Theory, Meta Theory, and Culture
The first book in the series analyzes the historical antecedents of our contemporary praxis and the challenges practitioners face in progressing the future of Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Table of Contents
- Levels of Practice
- The Primacy of Perception in the Propagation of Praxes
- Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Context
- What to make of Dragons?
- Use, Disuse, and the Experience of Meaning
- The Future of Chinese Tea Ceremony
- How do other praxes progress their techne?
- Top Down
- Bottom Up
- Schools, tests, and competitions in Chinese Tea Ceremony?
- A Bourdieu’dian Analysis for the Construction of an Education in Tea
- Background & Definitions
- The Only Constant is Change
- The Application of Levels to Pedagogy
- What is Good Now?
- Wealth and Knowledge in contemporary Chinese Tea Ceremony
- Wealth Tastes Good
- Classifying the Classifier
- Confucian Life, Confucian Mind
- The Taste of Vinegar
- The Rhymes of History Continue to Chime
- The Limits of Practical Hierarchies
- Contemporary Economic & Cultural Capital in Chinese Tea Ceremony
- Evolution and you
- Why is Phenomenism important?
- Simulacrum and the Road to Hell
- Our Zeitgeist and Milieu
- Simulacra in Contemporary Chinese Tea
- Historical Scholastic Disinterest
- Knowledge Transmission and the Transmission of Knowledge
- The Western Lineage
- Immanentize the Eschaton
- The Future of Tea Ceremony Redux