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Tea and the Materia Medica of Tao Hongjing

          Tao Hongjing of the Liang dynasty Baiying and Kucai Baiying 白英, white flower. Its taste is sweet, its medicinal character is cold, and it is not poisonous. It cures chills and fever, the eight jaundices, … Continue reading

24. October 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Translation |

Inscription for the Gentleman of Principle

          Sheng Yong of the Ming dynasty Inscription for the Gentleman of Principle Shaped like the vault of Heaven and the square of Earth: Bamboo sheathed metal, bamboo wrapped clay. Within, a lively fire burns, Bearing … Continue reading

23. August 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Translation |

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 |

A Place for Tea

            Li Rihua of the Ming dynasty A Place for Tea A clean room – with just a broad couch, a ready table, burning incense, a cup of tea – empty of unnecessary things.  While … Continue reading

06. July 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: 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 |

Miscellaneous Poem

            Wang Wei of the Liu Song dynasty Miscellaneous Poems, number one of two Alone and desolate, I close the high chambers, Silent and empty, the grand halls. Waiting for my lord who will not … Continue reading

25. June 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Translation |

New Imperial Tribute Tea from Huzhou

            Zhang Wengui of the Tang New Imperial Tribute Tea from Huzhou, ca. 841 On a spring outing, returning tipsy by phoenix carriage, Her coiffed peony blossoms teasing bobbled ornaments. Fording the inlet, the faerie … Continue reading

16. May 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: Literature, Translation |

The Ten Virtues of Tea

            Liu Zhenliang of the Tang dynasty   The Ten Virtues of Tea Take tea to dispel melancholy, banish sleep, increase vitality, expel disease, initiate decorum and humanity, express respect, cultivate sophistication, nurture the body, … Continue reading

22. March 2015 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: 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 |

The Abolition of Caked Tea by Imperial Decree

            The Veritable Records of Emperor Taizu of the Great Ming Dynasty Sixteenth day, ninth lunar month, twenty-fourth year [1391] of the Hongwu reign period An Imperial Decree on the Jianning Annual Offering of Tribute … Continue reading

02. December 2014 by Steven D. Owyoung
Categories: History, 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 |

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