Whether you're making
a cup of tea for yourself to enjoy,
or practicing gong-fu style tea,
the rules operate under some same basic principles. Far Leaves Tea is about living mindfully.
Slow down. Pay attention. Savor life.
Focus on pouring. Mixing water, air and dry leaves inside a clay pot has a satisfying sound, listen and wait until the tea is ready to serve. Paying attention not to drip, distribute the tea equally to all those who are present. Pour tea for yourself last.
When the leaves have no more to give and the conversation is at an end, return equipment to pristine condition. Clean the pot with clear hot water and your hands. Scrub and rinse thoroughly; aim for squeaky-clean. Dry cups, pots and whatever plates, knives or other implements have been used for the tea. Return each item to its place, ready for use again.