The Colour of Tea. Chán. Life.

A slightly indulgent music video on Tea. But still, very enjoyable.
Am tapping this out while cradling my cuppa green tea in hand, of course…

And some very well-written lines from the song below:
唐时风,今时雨
茶经流转了光阴
杯中诗,谁倾听
荡漾了茶色的涟漪

The fragrant wind from the Tang Dynasty, the rain of today
(The Classic of) Tea connects the past and present (in a cycle)
The poem concealed in the teacup, who shall discern
While the colour of tea swirls and ripples away

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《茶香》- The Scent of Tea:

一縷茶香 醒山林
青山鸟语 风也摇曳
一杯新绿伴知音
笑谈古今多惬意
唐时风,今时雨
茶经流转了光阴
杯中诗,谁倾听
荡漾了茶色的涟漪

The mountain forest awakes with a thin/threadbare scent of pleasant green tea
Green hills, birds singing, breezes dancing
A cup of fresh green (tea) is the best accompaniment for a bosom friend
Laughing and talking about subjects ancient or modern, so pleasing!
The fragrant wind from the Tang Dynasty, the rain of today
(The Classic of) Tea connects the past and present (in a cycle)
The poem concealed in the teacup, who shall discern
While the colour of tea swirls and ripples away

[Lyrics largely taken from the translation already in the video; with some, I thought, more suitable alterations.

Apart from the very elegant rhyming pattern used, the touchstone or keyword(s) and alliterative sound and main imagery within the lyrics above, has to be the the exotic Chinese word 縷 or thread, and the word 绿 or the colour green, both pronounced with the same irregular phonetic sound, though of different accents: lǚ and lǜ.
Very delightful. Hats off to the lyricist.
]

The context of the lines is referring of course, to 陆羽 Lu Yu, and his 茶经 The Classic of Tea — the fount of all things regarding Tea (and yes, all Japanese cha ceremony literature and traditions refer back to Lu Yu).

陆羽: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%99%B8%E7%BE%BD
Lu Yu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_Yu

茶经 The Classic of Tea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Classic_of_Tea

2 thoughts on “The Colour of Tea. Chán. Life.

  1. :)
    A cup of ‘fresh green’ can calm and settle the most frazzled of nerves, and bring some levity and perspective to the grimmest of situations. Taking a step back and with a cup of hot brew in hand, we can better face any myriad of problems or portfolio of troubles that face our way…

    Peace be upon you, my friend.

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