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Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea
 
 
Date: 20 March 2008 (Thursday)
 

The Cultural Realm of The Way of Tea
‘Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea’
茶道的文化 - 從一碗茶說"和"

talk by
Dr Sen Genshitsu 千玄室 博士

March 20, 2008 (Thur)
5:30pm
Rayson Huang Theatre, HKU

Programme:
5:30pm: Lecture by Dr. Sen Genshitsu
6:45pm: Chado Demonstration
7:30pm: Japanese Tea Appreciation and Reception

This talk is co-organised by the HKU Foundation and the Department of Japanese Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, in association with the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong.

Dr Sen Genshitsu was the Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea from 1964 to 2002, when he transferred the position to his eldest son. The Sen family lineage of tea goes back almost 500 years, to the influential 16th century tea master, Sen Rikyu, who elevated the serving of a bowl of tea into an art form.

Dr Sen Genshitsu was born in Kyoto in 1923.  He has been widely acknowledged for his contributions to the fields of Japanese history and culture, and was awarded the Order of Culture by the Emperor of Japan in 1997.

As a young man, Dr Sen Genshitsu served in the airforce division of the Japanese navy during World War II, an experience that was to have a profound impact on him and convinced him of the need to promote peace and mutual respect among nations. Over the past 50 years, he has shared the ideals of the Way of Tea – Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility – with people in over sixty countries around the world, using tea to transcend cultural and linguistic differences, and expressing his goal through the phrase “Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea”. In 2005, he was officially appointed Japan-UN Goodwill Ambassador by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

千玄室博士從1964年起到2002年是裏千家的“家主”(家元),千家的家系上溯 五百年,乃十六世紀茶道的集大成者千利休。利休曾向當時大權在握的織田信長和豐臣秀吉獻茶,將一碗茶提升到藝術的境界。作為第15代的家主,千玄室博士承襲了“宗室”的名號。現時,裏千家第16代家主由其長男繼任。

千玄室博士1923年出生於京都,畢業於日本同志社大學,中國南開大學哲學博士,並擁有15個名譽博士銜,他對日本歷史和文化的貢獻廣為人知,1997年獲天皇頒授文化勳章以表揚其功績。

千博士第二次世界大戰期間在日本海軍航空隊受訓,年青時的這一段經歷讓他深受衝擊,充分體會到促進國家之間和平共處與互相尊重的重要性,基於這種思想,隨後50年間,千博士一直努力用茶來打破不同語言和文化間的壁壘,並以「從一碗茶說“和”」一語概括其理念,向世界上六十多國廣泛傳播茶道的精粹「和敬靜寂」。2005年9月,日本外務省授予他聯合國親善大使的稱號。

Registration at: http://www.hku.hk/daao/teatalk.  

For more details, please go to http://daaosys.hku.hk/aep/bin/

HKU Foundation & Department of Japanese Studies, SMLC

 



 
 
     
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