The Japanese cultural heritage has been marked for over 600 years by a tradition which came alive and developed during the encounter of Japan with Tea. Chanoyū – “hot water for tea”, known to the westerners as the Japanese Tea Ceremony mesmerized and fascinated for centuries all those who were curious, inspired or simply lucky to practice it. Practicing Chanoyū one takes the first steps on Chadō or Sadō: The Way of Tea.
It is the depth of the spiritual and philosophic content, brought in by Zen Buddhism in a cultural fusion with inherited influences of Taoism, Confucianism and Shintoism, that sets the Japanese Tea Ceremony far apart from other traditions developed around the very act of sitting together and having a cup of tea.
Chanoyū is the blessed and fortunate intersection of the most significant threads of the Japanese culture. In a strange twist, this tradition transcends its complete Japanese essence, gaining an immediate universality through the simplicity and humanism of its message: “make a good fire, boil the water, make the tea and offer it with an open heart” – an act of love. To grasp the essence of this simple act one finds that practice with faith and dedication is the only way: The Way of Tea.
The intellect alone fails to grasp the true beauty of Chadō. Chadō reveals its beauty and its magic to the direct and unconditioned experience and this experience can only be obtained through diligent practice.
The goal of our Association is the practice of Chadō and the promotion of a better understanding among Romanian people of the cultural heritage of Japan as it is manifested in Chadō – the Japanese Way of Tea. This website provides information to its members and people who are interested in the Japanese Way of Tea. Tea refreshes the spirit when mindfully prepared and received. The Way of Tea is a way to spiritual development. When walking with diligence and confidence through a thick dark forest one comes sometime across a place where trees recede and darkness gives in to light. A meadow, where flowers and insects bath themselves in the light of the sun in the sound of a nearby creek. A place of harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity. In Romanian such a place is called "Luminiş". We have chosen this name for our Association.
Welcome to the website of Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai Romania – Luminiş !
The Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai România – Luminis Association has been certified by Urasenke Tankōkai Federation, Japan, as of 1st of January 2012. The Association functions as the local chapter in Romania. The activities of the Association are based on practicing, respecting and promoting the basic principles that define Chadō: harmony, respect, purity, tranquillity.