This podcast offers a collective exhale to just be and take life as it is. In the perfect Zen antidote to new year’s resolutions and planning and striving, Zen priest Rev Angel Kyodo Williams shows us the simplicity of returning to the self.
Watch and listen to the talk Rev. angel gave at the January 6, 2022 vigil and demonstration at San Francisco Civic Center. [Talk begins at 50:45]
When Rev angel needs a big enough cup that she can savor for a while, and even break the rules on some teas and leave it brewing while she drink the first round.
In addition to its lustrous beauty, the fast pouring spout, tight fitting lid and perfectly placed knob are all in an incredibly well balanced and compact vessel.
There are three types: side (yokode), top (uwade) and this most-familiar back (ushirode) style based of the classic design developed in China (but for very annoying colonization reasons, associated with the British).
Rev angel has deep appreciation for the craft of ceramics and clay tea has given rise to. this shiboridashi, literally “squeeze pot” is a favorite amongst favorites. crafted by her favorite ceramicist, Petr Novak.
Rev angel has a fan of the gongfu “skillful effort” approach to tea that requires a precision of attention. that doesn’t always mean it needs to be geeked out in measurements and time.
Rev angel -don’t-want-to-think about-anything-until-she-splash-her-palate with the refreshing, viscous, gentle breeze that is this aptly named superior sencha.
Rev angel spent years mostly using a gaiwan or covered bowl to brew tea. that let her honor culture and get this contribution of the Tang dynasty in her bones.
This Superior version has also been shaded for a week, somewhat like matcha, which softens the green edges and draws forth the umami and sweetness.