Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony - Concept

Concept

Wu” and “Wo” are actually Chinese words with philosophical meaning. The word “wu” (無/无) means a void or absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine; it is therefore like an infinite space. The word “wo” (我) means mine, self or being. When joined, these words almost seem like a contradiction in terms: the word, “wo”, seems like being and the word, “wu”, seems like not being. The typical interpretation of “Wu-Wo” (無我/无我), however, means to empty one's mind to the degree that it becomes like an infinite void, itself a state of edgelessness, such that it neither senses, seeks to sense, (as nothing can be beyond its "bounds"), nor can be sensed. It is, simply and purely, just “being,” without physical, mental, or emotional attachments.

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