A Buddhist Take on the Designation of Tea Master/Artist — Part 1

An internet buddy posted an interesting question recently:  What does it mean to be a Tea Artist?

As somebody affected by Buddhism I have a tendency to use labels and extra concepts sparingly. They can help explain meaning but they can also limit it. If a few men and women are tea artists everybody else has a shallower expression or experience of tea compared to them.  The reverse is more true rather, that common experience is being shared by some of us brewing and drinking tea. You generally do an insult for them, and to yourself if you place yourself above others. Extreme humility is an valid personal option, and a position. 


My own response is the overall theme of this article.  
Some framing discussed with that buddy addresses problems which underlie fixed status or role designations, related to tea:
I would add a little about the one part, what might come along with the tag or designation that may be positive. Tea expert — or artist, master, enthusiast; whatever it’s — to explain a variety of competencies is used by people. Some folks are into forms into experiencing and having the ability to differentiate types and quality levels of tea. Just having the ability to brew tea effectively gets a lot of focus, and I suppose to some limited extent that, careful progress through a learning curve is also required by that the most positive outcomes. 
This”artist” designation can compare to the common”tea master” theme.  In addition to”tea expert” and”tea enthusiast” they form a sort of continuum.  This is about underlying context in use of function designations not about breaking down how those map outside.

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That describes some Tea Masters Cup group that people join and compete , an instructional interest group that–per my comprehension –hosts contests linked to ceremonial form clinics and tasting investigation.  The last would appear to signify overlap with wine sommelier scope, more or less.
I really do believe the men and women who adopt ritual tea interest or competitive tasting aren’t getting anything incorrect.  It is only a approach to take all of it.  Getting acknowledged, certified, or ranked once you take up tags or names which changes things a little, but then that could be OK.
My response to the first question:”What does it mean for a tea celebrity?”

To be concluded in tomorrow’s post

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( The part concerning Buddhism does not link to being an ordained monk, to completing two associated amounts, or to living in a Buddhist household in a Buddhist nation — even though those have been a few of my own personal touch points.  Because It’s not essential to the rest I’ll not really develop that part farther. )
If you drop the tag you just need to keep in mind what is positive that possibly gets lost, and then choose to retain that if it’s worth keeping. Experience of expression or tea through tea experience can be positive, but connecting that to accomplishment or private standing I would typically see as unwanted.  Within a interest group that’s different.
Tea production is something else — that is mostly about the intake side. 

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