Wise words from an
ancient tea master
Wa Kei Sei Jaku
Wa Kei Sei Jaku (harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) are the four principles of Chanoyu, as stated by tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591). They are the principles which ritual tea practicioners endeavor to integrate into their daily lives, reflecting the pure spirit and soul of Sen Rikyu. While not a true Zengo (Zen phrase), these four simple words suggest a state of mind which can be realised after much practice.
(Calligraphy by Kankai Onozawa, retired Abbot of Jukoin Temple at Daitokuji, Kyoto)