December 06, 2010

Why Don't You Have a Cup of Tea ? Kissako (喫茶去)

"Kissako" is one of Buddha's teachings.

When you are very worried  or obsessed about your trouble, you can not see anything else but your trouble. You focus on one thing which seems too hard to solve, and you don't know what to do.

In such a time of being at a  loss, why don't you have a cup of tea?  The cup of tea will  surely relax you and make you realize there must be a  way  to conquer your trouble or it may not be as serious as  you  think.

When I walked pass him, I thought  I heard his voice  "Why don't you have a cup of tea?"




  1. Great blog post: short, precise, informative and educational, and includes an illustrative photo. Perfect!

    The idea of "kissako" is very popular in Britain. In a popular book about the British called "How to be an Alien", the author wrote that in Britain you will be offered a cup of tea at almost any time. If you are offered a cup of tea at the following times, you must not refuse!
    "if it is hot; if it is cold; if you are tired; if anybody thinks you might be tired; if you are nervous; if you are gay; before you go out; if you are out; if you have just returned home; if you feel like it; if you do not feel like it; if you have had no tea for some time; if you have just had a cup."
    ("How to be an Alien", George Mikes.
    Click the link to read online the short and funny chapter about Tea in Britain)
    Britain must be full of little Buddhas!

  2. I have some books with beautiful paintings on “Tea and friendship.”
    I love to read them very much.

    *If you are cold, tea will warm you:
    If you are too heated, it will cool you:
    If you are depressed, it will cheer you:
    If you are excited, it will calm you;*
    William Gladstone.

    I often see some stone statues of Jizo while walking in my neighborhood.
    The expression on the face of this Jizo is very merciful.

  3. Just looking at him draws smile and give me comforts.

    The sound "kissako" sounds to me like "kirakuni-iko"

  4. The word, Mucha(無茶), literary meaning is no tea or no room for having tea, is often used in our dairy lives, but I didn't know the word Kissako.
    Thank you for this interesting word and this posting.

  5. It looks like a pretty Goddess of Mercy. Expression of it's face is nice but why does its eyes shut in Japan? I heard that their eyes were open other countries.

  6. Marc,

    Thank you for your encouraging comment.

    The essay on tea is very funny, humorous and a littel black. I'd like to read other ones too. It is intriguing that many countries have tea culture. Tea leaves are same in Britain, Japan and China, just the process of making tea is different and it produces different taste and culture. For me it seems each tea symbolizes each culture.

    Sen-no-Rikyu, who established the foundation of tea ceremony in the 16th century,said,"Chanoyu(tea ceremony) is just a matter of boiling water, and drinking tea; nothing else is involved." I think we have to retrurn to his fundamental spirit of tea ceremony.

  7. redrose,

    Thank you for your comment.

    What beautiful poetic expressions they are!
    I imagine the paintings must be very nice.
    Can you put them on your sidebar?

    As stone Buddhist statues are placed outside, they are weathered. But the erosion gives them deeper and more spiritual atmosphere. I love stone Jizo statues very much.

  8. cosmos,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Exactly! Drink tea and take it easy!

    When we got worries, we can always go to see him. Always he is there.

  9. haricot,

    Thank you for your interesting information.

    Without tea, how terrible our life is.

    There must be an enormous number of sayings or expressions on tea. I want to examine them.

  10. sarah,

    Thank you for your comment.


    In Japan, all Buddhist statues close or half-close their eyes as they are in deep meditaion.

    It is hard to imagine Buddhist statues with open eyes ! They look strange for us, don't they? But I want to see them.

  11. Hi snowwhite!
    Thank you so much for joining Show Me Japan! My husband loves the Kyoto-Nara area, and I am sure he will be an enthusiastic follower of your blog!
    Happy New Year!

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  13. A and Y Ikeda,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I am very glad to hear that he loves the Kyoto-Nara area as I was born in Kyoto and live in Nara.

    I like your pictures very much. From them,
    I really feel you loves Tochigi very much.

    Anna,Happy New Year!

  14. Hi Snowwhite,
    Thanks for participating in "Show Me Japan"! I have spent 5 years in Nara and really enjoyed what an ancient city has to offer! Seeing Jizo on the streets gives me a peaceful moment.
    Year, I will try to have a cup of "COFFEE" when encountering obstacles.

    I should be following your FANTASTIC blog from now on!!!
    Happy New Year.

  15. Yoshi,

    Thank you for your encouraging comment!

    Nara is a lovely place to live in, isn't it?
    Mostly I have been taking pictures around Nara Park.

    This small stone statue is in Kofuku-ji Temple.
    Jizo statues are peaceful and have soothing power.

    To have a cup of "COFFEE" is a good idea. I like both tea and coffee. So I will choose either one accoridng as my mood.

    Thank you.

  16. Lovely pic and lovely post.
    I think I'll have a cup of tea right now, in fact. ^^

  17. Ri,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Me too, I need to have a cup of tea now,
    maybe cups of tea...

  18. As an Englishman, I can appreciate the value of reflective moments with a cup of tea.


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