2 Tea and Zen History

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An ink and water-color picture of an old man seated on a green tatami mat. He is wearing a black robe and cylindrical hat. He holds a fan in his hand. His face is deeply wrinkled and a little gaunt. He squints and seems to smile slightly.

Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) <br />by

Fukumoto Sekio

During the turbulent 16th century, a merchant tea master know as Sen Rikyu was to revolutionize tea.

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Lecture Notes

Advisor and tea master to the great warlords who unified Japan, Rikyu, a devotee of Rinzai Zen, sought to return tea to its spiritual foundation.