THE yswara tea philosophy
The YSWARA Tea Philosophy is an Afro-Zen TEA philosophy in which diverse, cross cultural elements combine in the ritualised art of tea.
Each pour and sip blends the solitary meditative minimalism of Asia’s ancient tea cultures with the gregarious, abundant communion of African hospitality.
From the Chinese Tao of Tea we draw gracious, spiritual strength. In its associated Chadao tea ceremony we find individual insights into mindful, harmonious inner peace. In the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi we celebrate transience of all things and acknowledge that there is beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
From the traditional Ubuntu value system of Southern Africa we gather up the permanent bonds of community, hospitality and humanity. In West African Teranga practices we find an inspirational generosity of spirit. Ubuntu is a Zulu language word and concept which conveys a sense that a person is a person through their connections with other people. Within Ubuntu universal bonds of sharing are the essential essence of humanity.
The term Teranga comes from the Senegalese Wolof language and is often translated into English as ‘hospitality’, but the full extent of Teranga’s munificence is reflected in the Senegalese proverb which holds that, ‘a visitor or stranger is a king and should be treated as such.’ Within these African ethical codes wealth measured not by the quantity of possessions but rather by the manner in which such blessings are shared.
At Yswara we see Tao and Teranga as aspects of a greater whole. For us Ubuntu and Wabi Sabi complete circles of being to form a global understanding.