女性學泡茶對社會的意義
文/許玉蓮

女性獨有的細致、柔中帶剛和敏感的特質,特別適合用于學泡茶,泡茶是一件很有意思的事情,通過泡茶、奉茶、喝茶的過程,我們完成一些不同的“人與人”、“人與物”、以及“物與物”關系。女性成爲一位泡茶者,對社會尤其帶有積極的意義

泡茶時的人與人之間的默契,需要泡茶者去關懷和協調,比如說選擇什麽茶才是大家都喜歡的,傳茶具給別人觀賞時留意要將“把”交給對方就不容易發生意外,茶湯的溫度要多高等都爲對方著想。


還有人與物間的如何相處,比如說什麽材質的茶具會帶來什麽風格的茶湯味道,要珍惜每一片茶葉彷如珍惜每一個生命的態度,然後采取最好的技法去享用它。

還有物與物的關系又如何呢,比如說讓每一件茶具有個安身立命的擺放處,茶具並不會說話,但是它們有它們的任務,泡茶者要有次序地完善使用它們,讓它們活出各種茶具扮演的生命角色。

因爲通常在家庭、在各種團體生活裏,扮演“凝聚力”和“感受力”角色的人都是女性,女性如果能夠成爲一位泡茶者,通過泡茶的當兒,自然而然爲整個社會帶動一些樂觀、正面而且怡然自得的能量。


The significance of ladies brewing tea
By Hooi Yoke Lien

Everything ladies stand for – meticulous, gentle yet mentally strong, and acute – is indeed the quality required to learn to make tea. Meaningful as every step is, the processes of brewing and serving and drinking tea allow us to accomplish the relationships – between one person and another, human and article, as well as article and article. Female tea brewers are indeed playing a significant role in the society.

Tea brewer bears the responsibility to nurture tacit understanding among tea drinkers. And serving tea requires us to show more thoughts for others. For example, let others hold on to the teapot handle while they are appreciating it. Also, pay more attention to the temperature of the tea so that it isn't too warm for our friends.

As for our getting along with articles, we have to understand clearly which pot brews what style and taste of tea. Every tea leaf is as if representing a life – we shall brew tea with the best skills possible to show our utmost respect and appreciation.

As for the relationship between article and article, every teapot and utensils have their own position to be placed and kept decently. Teapot surely doesn't speak – but it has its own mission in the world. As tea brewers, we shall accomplish its mission step by step so that teapot and other tea utensils can play their role in the world.

In a family or an organisation, we usually revolve around the ladies – who gather and inspire people around them. The positive energy of optimism and inner peace is what the tea-brewing ladies capable of to inspire our society.