The Rhymes of History Continue to Chime

陆羽烹茶图 ("Scene of Lu Yu Brewing Tea"), Zhao Yuan (赵原, dates of birth and death unknown), Fourteenth Century (Yuan Dynasty). National Palace Museum, Taipei.

Lu Yu (陆羽, circa 733 – 804 CE), the original codifier of Chinese Tea Ceremony, was a literatus of distinction. Abandoned at a young age and raised by the abbot of Long Gai Si Monastery in Hubei, Lu Yu was schooled in Buddhist tradition and scholarship[1]. He fled across the Yangzi during the An Lushan Rebellion[2] (安史之乱) in 755 and lived in southern China for the rest of his life.