Category Archives for Literature

Three Encomia on the Ten Perfections of Tea

          Wen Zhengming of the Ming dynasty Three Encomia on the Ten Perfections of Tea   Tea Sprouts The east wind blows across the russet tea, In a single night it grows an inch. A floral … Continue reading

30. July 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Literature, Translation |

Song of Coveting Tea

          Wu Kuan of the Ming dynasty Song of Coveting Tea I, Elder of the Brew, love tea as I love wine, Three pints or fifty – there’s no counting. Beginning in the tea room, there … Continue reading

09. July 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Literature, Translation |

Song of Tasting Tea at West Mountain Temple

          Liu Yuxi of the Tang dynasty Song of Tasting Tea at West Mountain Temple Beyond the temple eaves, the mountain monks have many tea plants. Spring arrives and the glow of the bamboo draws out … Continue reading

03. July 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Literature, Translation |

Stories About Lu Yü

            Feng Yan (active ca. 755-794 A.D.) Record of Things Heard and Seen Chapter 6 “Drinking Tea” In the Discourse on Tea, Lu Hongjian of Chu explained the merits and methods of brewing and toasting … Continue reading

09. January 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Literature, Translation |

Moon Festival

            Su Shi of the Song dynasty Poem Based on the Song of Water Tunes Moon Festival, 1076 Happily drinking through the night till morning: Truly drunk, wrote this verse, begging the pardon of younger … Continue reading

08. September 2014 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Translation |

Guanyin Spring at Tiger Hill

            Shen Zhou of the Ming dynasty Sitting beneath pines quietly sipping tea brewed with water drawn from the Third Spring at Tiger Hill under a waning moon In the evening, I enquire at the … Continue reading

15. August 2014 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Literature, Translation |

Paradox

            Laozi of the Zhou dynasty Books of the Path and the Power Paradox Profound accomplishment appears unaccomplished, yet it is ever present and infinite. Utter completeness appears incomplete, yet it is ever present and … Continue reading

13. June 2014 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Daoism, Literature, Translation |