The ritual preparation of tea is also a hoben, a skilled practice used as an aid to spiritual enlightenment.
Chasen - Tea Whisk
The Rinzai Zen conviction that enlightenment can be attained in the course of performing everyday acts has been inextricably intertwined with the practice of tea ritual for centuries. . Following the "way of Tea" involves much more than learning to prepare powdered tea according to the traditions of the Japanese tea schools. It becomes a way of life.