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June 2017

Chanoyu Lecture: Yugensai Itto Soshitsu

Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. [Rescheduled from April 26]
Advance registration is required: please call 415.433.6553 or email contact@urasenke.org
$5 for students of the Foundation, $15 for non-members

The life and aesthetics of Yugensai Itto Soshitsu (1719–1771), eighth generation master of the Urasenke Tradition, will be illustrated in this lecture.


Tearoom Open to the Public: Open Hearth

Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP: Reservations are necessary and must be secured with a check.
Please telephone 415.433.6553 to make a reservation or for more information.
$30 in advance, $35 at door

Open to all, this monthly lecture-presentation tea gathering at the Foundation is a wonderful first-hand introduction to the Way of Tea. Come be a guest to savor the atmosphere and flavors of the tearoom. Explore the subtle variations of each season along with experiencing the underlying history and philosophy of the Way of Tea.


August 2017: Tea & Zen Seminar and Kagetsu Workshop
Application Deadline is June 1

The Tenth Tea and Zen Seminar will be held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from Wednesday, August 2, to Sunday, August 6. This seminar offers the opportunity to study tea in the Urasenke Tradition, join the Green Gulch community in Zen meditation, explore the connection between Zen and the Way of Tea, and enjoy the relaxed setting of a temple surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland.

Following the five-day seminar, a special two-day workshop studying various Kagetsu will be offered. Participants may attend both the seminar and the workshop, or either event separately. Seminar and workshop are open to those currently studying tea in the Urasenke Tradition. For the first time, a two-day Introductory Workshop will also be offered, open to those who wish to begin the study of Chanoyu or are currently practicing ryaku bon temae. For more information, go to www.sfzc.org or contact Green Gulch Zen Center at 415.383.3134 or tea@sfzc.org.


Educational Gatherings

The Foundation welcomes school groups (kindergarten through university) and other groups for lecture-presentations at its tearoom facilities. These occasions are individually designed to the interests of each group such as language, literature, aesthetics, philosophy, or history. Please telephone 415.433.6553 to make arrangements.

Northern California Chayu no Kai Events

The Northern California Chayu no Kai or Friends of Tea Association provides opportunities for camaraderie and the enjoyment of the culture of tea among practitioners of the Way of Tea. You need not be a member of the Urasenke Foundation San Francisco to participate; Chayu no Kai membership is open to all. Activities are based on knowledge of tea practice. Chayu no Kai events include regular kagetsu classes in addition to various workshops, chakai and chaji throughout the year. Please call the Urasenke Foundation at 415.433.6553 for more information on joining.


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