同學反思:茶禪一味工作坊

2020-21 下學期 Term 2

陳樂瑤

護理學 / 一年級

 

每天早晨一下床,我都會先喝一杯由外僱姐姐準備好的茶,喝完便急忙到洗手間梳洗。當平常被問到最喜歡的東西時,我都會回答「茶」,但要說喜歡的原因是什麼時,卻除了「好飲」之外,我好像沒有其他答案,因為我甚少靜下來去品嚐一杯茶。

這次活動讓我更了解自己的狀況。活動期間,老師的一條問題讓我思考了一會兒,我有多久沒有為自己沖一杯茶,應該大概有一年多了,因為平時課業和莊務繁忙,我總告訴自己我很忙,需要多加休息,但休息的時候我又總想着工作,就連睡覺都不斷發夢,大腦不停運轉。是次活動的靜修期間,我較難集中和放鬆,即使在一片寧靜下,我仍然想東想西,令我意會到我為何經常感覺身體很繃緊和有壓力,因為我根本不懂得放鬆。雖然品茶的時間不長,但令我學習到如何去享受和投入生活上的每個小過程,不止為了喝一口茶,而是品嘗茶的味道,給自己一個靜下來的時間,學會只專注於一項事情,我希望能把是次的領悟應用於日後的生活上,舒緩自己的壓力。

 

陳頌文

中國語言及文學 / 四年級

 

這次活動讓我在煩惱與忙碌中平靜,嘗試感受當下的片刻並仔細感受早已鈍化的感官,非常舒適。在活動的開始,我們需要閉目靜思六分鐘,這六分鐘裡,讓我感受到自己瘋狂運作的腦袋,早已習以為常這種令人精疲力竭的生活,此刻卻讓我意識到過往的病態之處,意識到了自己的焦慮與煩躁,我需要這平靜的時刻,而六分鐘後,我感覺我的腦袋與身體都感受到了前所未有的放鬆,痛楚亦減輕了。在品茶的時候,我覺得非常奇妙,老師說即使同樣是泡茶,但每次的味道、放茶葉的聲響和觸感等等都是不一樣的,每次都是不一樣的體驗時我突然想到那一句「人不能兩次踏進同一條河流」,非常有詩意,亦讓我明白了留意當下的道理。

 

關仲熙

護理學 / 一年級

 

通過這次工作坊,我認識到佛教靜觀和茶對我的重要性,感受到佛教所強調的空和靜。在進行茶禪活動時,我明白到佛教所指互即互入的道理,例如在沏茶的時候,我看著桌子上的熱水和茶葉,邊聯想到茶葉是從泥土而來而水是從天上的雲化成雨水而來,萬物存在都有它原來的根本,互相的存在息息相關。

其次,在一天忙碌的課堂之後,茶禪活動使我能完整地放鬆自己。我從來都沒有沏茶的經驗,在老師的指引下我第一次嘗試了泡茶,先看著茶葉在熱水中浸泡,然後靜靜地等待,漸漸茶色由淺變深,茶香散發出來,在經歷泡茶的時間我能有一片寧靜的時間放鬆自己,也同時體會到一杯好茶其實得來不易,感受當中「敬自己一杯」的精神,用一杯好茶來獎勵自己一天辛勞的工作。

 

LAM Long Kit

Chinese Studies / Year 1

 

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, this activity provides an invaluable opportunity for me to experience mindfulness and the unique Chinese tea culture.

First of all, the most impressive part is practicing mindfulness through a cup of tea. It is because I am probably tired because of the assignment and exams, especially it is my first year at the university. Therefore, this activity helps me to relax and try to connect with nature in order to enhance my capability to tackle the challenges I face in the future, such as working in society. As a result, a healthy life can be created.

Apart from that, I have an in-depth understanding of the tea culture and meditation. In the former one, we use the cover bowl which represents heaven, earth and human. It focuses on the harmonious relationship between the human and nature. The latter reminds us to stop chasing our emotions and bring our minds back to the present. Hence, we can relax our whole body by doing some exercises. As Dr. Damian suggests, I will try to download the meditation bell as a reminder for mindfulness.

To conclude, this workshop can keep me an unforgettable memory in my university life through changing my thinking and habit. Therefore, I want to express my gratitude to the lecturers who provide us with meaningful time.

 

LAM Wing Man

Pharmacy / Year 1

 

Having a mother and father who are both tea-lovers, drinking tea has long been a daily routine for me. My family collects all sorts of tea, ranging from Oolong tea and Tie Guan Yin, to Pu’er and Da Hong Pao. Therefore, I felt like “A Taste of Zen in Tea” suits me a lot. This is the reason I join this workshop. In the following, I will share my feelings about this workshop.

First of all, it was great that we could spend a few minutes to meditate. As exams are coming in a few weeks’ time, I have become more and more stressful. In this experience, I realized that meditation could help me restore calm and inner peace. Therefore, from now on, I will consider meditating whenever I am anxious, stressful and worried.

Besides, it was great that I could make tea for myself in this workshop. In the past, I seldom make tea by myself. Most of the time my mum does the job for me. Also, I tended to drink a cup of tea very fast that I was not able to enjoy the tea. In this workshop, though I was not well-equipped, I could still enjoy the moment of making and tasting the tea. This was a rare moment for me to take a sip of the tea. If I have time in the future, I will definitely try this again.

Overall, this workshop gave me a special experience about meditation and tea. I enjoyed it a lot!

 

劉穎潼

心理學 / 一年級

 

我很享受茶禪一味工作坊的體驗。

通過這個工作坊,我學會了「活在當下」的生活態度。作為一個大學生,我和很多香港都市人一樣天天生活忙碌,常常未完成上一份作業就要開始溫習下一個考試。長期的學業壓力有時的確會把自己壓得喘不過氣來,卻又不敢停下步伐,怕因此而落後他人。這個工作坊剛好為我提供了一個平靜身心的機會,例如:在「坐姿動禪引導」環節中,我們一起閉著眼睛放鬆身體、運動肩膀,我從這個環節中學會集中精神在自己當刻的感受,不再像平時一樣刻意壓抑自己的疲勞感,而是正視身體向自己發出的訊號:我累了,我需要放鬆和休息。這種「體驗當下」(experience the present) 的學習令我反思自己平日的生活節奏,讓我明白原來適當的休息是必須的;我更發現這樣的禪修練習的確能讓我的精神和注意力更易集中在一件事上,做到「一時一事」,因此我打算以後也定期做類似的練習以鍛鍊自己的集中力及讓自己適時停下來放鬆身心。

此外,我亦很喜歡「喫茶」環節。以往的我通常只會在和長輩上茶樓時才會喝茶,而且每次都把茶當作解渴的飲料,從來不會細細品味它,甚至有時後更會因為其苦澀味而討厭它。在是次工作坊的「喫茶」環節,導師教我們在喝茶的時候留意茶的顏色、氣味、味道、溫度等特徵,我這才突然驚覺原來喝茶也可以這樣有學問!我以往覺得學習「茶道」都只是老人們用來消磨時間才會做的事,但經過這個工作坊,我發現原來泡茶、喝茶可以是一個很好的禪修練習,讓自己集中在當下感官的刺激,認真感受一下茶帶來的溫暖和甘甜。在整個過程中,我很驚訝平時腦海裡很多計劃的自己竟然也可以暫時放下自己生活裡的煩惱和擔憂,學習「活在當下」的慢活生活態度。這個練習非但讓我漸漸愛上茶苦後回甘的特殊味道,更讓我學會如何讓自己的身心靈平靜下來。

總括來說,從以上的體驗,我更真切地體會了佛教禪修的意義。在「與人文對話」的課程中,我們會研讀佛家的《心經》,裡面有著種種哲理,如:「色即是空,空即是色」,這些紙上的道理人人都懂,可是誰又能親身體驗當中的意義呢?而通過這個工作坊,我慶幸我可以在現實生活中實踐一次,認真感受環境的各種輕微刺激和身體的感受,做到「一行禪師」所說的擁有「般若之心」,和世間萬物(環境)「互即互入」,互相聯繫依存。這種「入世佛教」的概念奧妙,在課堂上很難完全掌握,甚至覺得很有距離感、不切實際、難以實踐,但通過這個工作坊的「禪修」體驗,我發覺原來自己雖然不是佛教徒或高僧,卻也是有能力做到冥想、正念等練習,讓自己覺察當下,甚至讓感官和周圍環境融合,平靜身心靈。我相信通過日後更多的練習,我更可以做到不對自己的情緒作批判、不為感官做解釋,而是讓自己的心在紛擾的現代社會中仍能平靜下來,學習佛家那種對萬物慈悲的大愛精神。

 

潘梓鋒

風險管理科學 / 一年級

 

可能是佛教背景的中學畢業的緣故,相比其他同學,禪修少了一點新穎,卻多了一點念舊。我猶記得Sandy讓我們放鬆全身,由頭到腳,然後專注在鼻尖,吸氣呼氣⋯⋯與中學的禪修課盤腿而坐,閉上雙眼,專注在上唇的氣息流動如出一徹。可謂一次的偶然的機會,帶我重回中學。可能這就是佛道說的「緣起」。

我知道「坐禪」只是飯前小菜,真正的主菜是「茶禪」,我中學嘗試過「行禪」,「坐禪」,「細味禪」,唯獨「茶禪」猶為新穎。「每刻只做一件事,雙手不要交叉」,似乎在體驗當下每一刻,「茶禪」並非由入口開始,而是在泡茶開始,體驗當下,每一刻的都是獨特的,就如同茶的味道永遠不會一模一樣,茶葉的生存環境,中職的時間,泡茶的時間造就了它那獨一無二的味道,假如我們忽略了這些細節,我們對「茶」也僅僅是解渴之用罷了。

放鬆全身,體會當下,或許沒有深刻的領悟,但可以讓我有心曠神怡的一刻,專注當下,更能使我免於生活的喧囂。

 

SO Venice

MBChB / Year 1

 

Unlike most people who did their sharing in the workshop, I am always finding ways to stop myself from doing stuff, or using my brain, with the energy-saving motto in my mind. This resulted in me trying to procrastinate and being reluctant to play mind games like Among Us, as I know how exhausting it is to use my brain. Yet it seemed that something was not in place, that I can barely find myself really doing nothing but often end up surfing the Internet (still wasting my brain memory), resulting in my self-awareness on the deterioration of my attention span when I try to focus on certain task without my hands moving. I can focus well, to be honest, when my hands are moving. Me writing up essays, drawing, sometimes having lectures and studying for hours in a row are cases in point. The exposure to Zen in the workshop was kind of a breakthrough to me, where I reckon I discovered the way to concentrate in doing nothing. Clear my mind, focus on the flow of air through my nostrils, enjoy the peace. I have been bombarded by the advertisement on YouTube saying that people often have the misconception that meditation means doing nothing. And through the workshop, I felt I was finally able to understand what the master meant – concentrate in doing nothing, which I believe is the take-home message of the workshop for me.

 

WIJAYA Emily Stephanie

Quantitative Finance / Year 2

 

In such a busy and hectic lifestyle, it’s easy for us to forget to slow down and relax. Similar to how the pandemic has put some of us to stop and rest for a while amidst our fast-paced work, I think that was how my experience in A Taste of Zen in Tea with Dr. Sandy was. Having all the worries on exams, assignments, internships, future career thoughts, or even world issues, I just recognized how I’ve never really put my time to be aware of the present. I constantly have things going around my mind even during my lunch or my night sleep. I just came to a realization that when I’m doing only one thing at a time, such as eating, hearing lectures, hearing weekly church services, I got bored easily and tried to find other things to do whilst doing that activity. Therefore, it’s hard for me to focus continuously and I’ve never been wholly into each of those experiences.

This was actually my first time learning about the Chinese tradition and ceremonial way of serving tea. I don’t think any other countries have this kind of detailed and formal procedure, therefore it was an interesting experience indeed. In Indonesia, particularly, I don’t think there were any procedures to begin with. We never thought much about serving in such a formal way. The tea served was mostly from the restaurants or even small stalls by the street, which sometimes is put in a plastic bag or glass. It was such a contrast on how Chinese and Indonesian serve their tea. Honestly, I am also not much of a tea lover. Therefore, it is very rare for me and my family to serve tea in our household. The only place where we usually got our tea was the one served in the restaurants. Moreover, I’ve never used the traditional Chinese Tea Set, or even had them, but seeing all the attributes Dr. Sandy showed was definitely appealing. I would really like to learn and experience using those one day.

Overall, I must admit at first I was participating for the extra points, but in the end, I learn a whole new experience in Chinese tea tradition. It was simply soothing to listen to how the water poured, how the tea smelled, and be present in the whole experience.

 

黃靜雯

中國語言及文學 / 一年級

 

近年來「佛系人生」盛行,令我對佛教思想有所察覺,但許多人在提及佛系時都似乎有一種「喪」、「頹」的意味,偏向消極、負面,讓我覺得佛教似乎只是一種逃避心理,但參加完這個工作坊後,我認為佛教遠遠不是逃避現實,反而是找回當下,幫助我們在時代的「鞭打」下找尋一個新出路。

一開始的六分鐘「打坐」就令我有了很新鮮的體驗。講師讓我們放鬆身體,讓我們摒棄雜念,只專注於自己的一呼一吸,老實說,我在前幾分鐘都完全無法進入狀態,腦子裡經常會浮現其他事物。那時才驚覺原來專注於一個時刻是那麼困難。平日由於生活節奏急促,我們都習慣了同時做幾件事情,專注反而變得奢侈了,更別提專注於呼吸這種微小的動作。故這個小小的禪修就如當頭棒喝,帶給了我別樣的體驗。

接下來的茶禪更是一個難得的經歷。因為我的家人喜歡喝茶,再加上我的家鄉也是茶葉之鄉,故我其實對茶十分熟悉。但那十五分鐘的茶禪經歷卻是我喝了那麼多年茶而鮮少會有的。一個我特別深刻的細節是講師刻意提醒了我們沖茶時的注意事項——「一時一事」以及「左右手不互相交叉」,這兩個細節是我們平日鮮少有留意到的,但卻可以提醒我們在沖茶時慢下來,感受每一個時刻,乃至每一滴茶。喝茶不是單純為了解渴,而是應該為喝茶而喝茶。最後講師引到茶道中的一個詞語——「一期一會」,這是個我很喜歡的詞語,每個時刻都是特別的,無法重來,故應當珍惜。簡單的道理,但似乎難以實現。

講師還刻意提到近日熱播的電影「靈魂奇遇記」,其實裡面的思想確實與工作坊的中心思想很相近。現代人過分有目的性,總是鼓吹人生應該要有一個夢想,要努力奮鬥達到自己理想的樣子,這樣的人生態度是很受推崇的。但電影以及佛家理論都告訴我們留意生命中每一個當下,不去過分執著於達到「彼岸」,其實已然足夠。電影中提及過人過分執著其實會令靈魂迷失,我想這也與佛家思想十分相近,要真正達到理想人生,反而應該要放下執著,以及學會接受現實,不去過分壓抑和審判自己的不足之處。

「活在當下」是香港人慣常掛在口邊的說話,但簡單的四個字卻往往難以實現,我想這個工作坊無論是禪修的環節還是茶禪的部分,都是幫助我們重新去感受每一個獨立的時刻。往後無論遇到什麼事情,大概都可「喫茶去」。

 

王芷筠

社會工作 / 一年級

 

經過茶禪一味工作坊後,雖然我學藝不佳,但我領會到活在當下的重要性。

以往,我早上起身,一睜開眼便開始反思昨日的不對、煩惱今日的行程、明日要交的功課,常常被繁瑣碎事纏身,各種負面情緒接踵而來,完全沒有歇息的時機,也沒有關心過現在的自己。但與其每日一心牽掛繁瑣碎事,倒不如去喫茶去。上一次我全心全意地沖一杯茶、或全心全意地關懷自己是甚麼時侯呢?

在茶禪中,我感受到的不止是泡茶如此簡單,而是敬自己一杯茶的態度。平日倉促地過生活,泡茶的話,便隨便地放茶包在水中便算了,甚少會仔細地泡一杯香醇的茶。但在用一系列的茶具、仔細地泡茶、敬自己一杯茶時,我才明白讓疲勞的身體品嘗一口甘露的重要性。世界萬物都是互即互入的,所能控制的因素少之有少,如「好grade」與「爛grade」也是互即互入,世事都是無常的,平日何必掛心太多於自己無能為力去掌握的事情當中,而使自己陷入無明之中呢?倒不如拋開腦中對過去、未來的憂慮,注重於當下自己能掌握的事情,即為自己敬一杯茶,全心全意地關懷自己,讓自己放鬆,以平常心過平常的生活,去活在當下。

以後,每當我又為無常的事情煩心時,我便會虔誠地為自己敬一杯茶,全心全意地關心自己,告訴自己要專注當下,嘗試去發掘每日每個習以為常卻又新鮮的瞬間,與無明告別。

 

楊俊榮

環球經濟與金融 / 一年級

 

回過神來,已經忘記上一次,真真正正地喝一杯茶,是何年何日。

我近來最常喝茶就是備戰DSE的那陣子。說來你可能不信,但那時候一杯茶反而是我難得偷閒的時間。早上起床,梳洗早餐之後,我會為自己泡一杯茶,作為稍後溫習的「助跑」。但所謂偷閒,其實也不是很「閒」。香港人有一樣擅長的事,就是懂得如何塞滿自己每一分每一秒的時間。而手機更是當中的利器。我確是一個典型的香港人,所以在那杯茶的時間,我總會拿著手機,看看某登,上上IG⋯⋯一杯茶,一轉眼就見底了。而那杯茶的溫度、氣味、甚至連它是普洱還是壽眉,已經不重要了。茶,對那時的我而言,只是提神的工具,更甚者只是讓自己浪費一下時間的藉口。

昨天的工作坊讓我確實記起了一杯茶的本質。原來慢下腳步來,放下書本和手機,靜心欣賞一杯茶是這樣的味道。只要懂得靜下心來,就算一包廉價茶包也可以有療癒心靈的力量。香港的一切都太快、太急。連沒有要事的時間都要通通塞滿。其實這樣活著很是累人。只是有時大家太過忙碌,連那份疲倦也察覺不到而已。

原來,深呼吸,喫口茶,有時可以看見不同的景象。

 

YIP Hoi Tung

Biochemistry / Year 1

 

“Please place your electronic devices aside” wasn’t a phrase I expect to hear in a UGFN workshop conducted on Zoom.

Our reliance on electronic devices has significantly increased due to the prevalence of COVID-19, so hearing something the opposite of this phenomenon wasn’t common. Little did I know that the experience would be this remarkable.

In the first half of the workshop, we had to mediate while maintaining a sitting position. It was difficult stopping my thoughts from drifting away at first, but as I focused on the placement of my hands on my lap, unnecessary thoughts gradually left my head, until it felt like I was the only existence left in this universe. When the Keisu sounded and I came back to my senses, I experienced Zen – the calmness and peacefulness that came after mediation, which was a first for me.

In the second half of the workshop, we had to brew a cup of tea for ourselves. But this cup of tea wasn’t about finishing a cup of hot water with a tea packet in it, it was waiting for the flavour of tea leaves to seep into the water, and letting the tea linger on your tongue to stimulate your taste buds. This cup of tea engaged my senses and made me feel the present moment. I had become used to time silently passing by and this cup of tea was one of the few times I felt that I actually existed.

“A Taste of Zen of Tea” gave me a chance to take myself away from electronic devices and slow down in life, allowing me to sense my body, connect with my consciousness, and actually feel my presence, which I have become so accommodated to. It was refreshing to acknowledge my senses and my mind without having to find an objective to doing it, as if I was giving myself a pat on the back for simply existing. I would like to experience the remarkable connection between body and mind again, and I would most definitely join similar workshops in the future, when an opportunity presents itself.

 

2020-21 上學期 Term 1

CHOI Hoi Yi

Biomedical Sciences / Year 2

It was after this activity that I realized how I could have treated life differently.

As a student, concerning academic performances and future career paths are often inalienable parts of my life. Though I am passionate about my studies and enjoy every learning process, it is unavoidable to doubt if I have performed good enough for some of the assignments or tests, and worry about upcoming challenges. In such a state of mind, it is not surprising to be stressed all the time, without realizing it myself. With the tremendous workload, I always find myself being in a hurry, hoping to save as much time as possible so that I could focus on my work. If I ever notice myself being in a situation in which it is unexpected or that I am not in control of, I would panic or feel uncomfortable, for instance, attending gatherings that take up a lot of time. Every conversation seems to take ages, and my heart would constantly wonder when I could go home and finish my assignments, and as time passes, I feel more and more pressure. I seldom have thoughts of living in the moment, and even if I have the thought of it, I could hardly attain it. Sometimes, I would hang out with my friends and family and would be able to temporarily “live in the moment”, but as soon as I get home and knew I have to start working, I would feel more pressured again.

During the workshop, I was able to relax, and finally realized how stressed I was. When practicing mindfulness meditation, it was not easy to focus and not think about anything, as thoughts keep appearing in my mind. It really took me quite a while to calm myself, and be present. In a relaxed yet concentrated state, I was able to be more meticulous and I could notice more small details happening around me, like my breathing and some touch senses. This continued as the activity proceeded to the tea tasting session, in which I was able to pay attention to every small detail like the heat of the teacup, the sound of tea being poured into the teacup, the movement of steam, the smell of the tea and its taste. As the taste of the tea lingered in my mouth, I reflected on life and felt that I have not been so slow-paced for a long time and had been ignoring many details in life. Waiting for my cup of tea to cool down before drinking took quite a while, and at first, I was quite impatient, but gradually led myself into a calm state and waited for the moment without having any emotional changes. The process of waiting is actually an art, and how one waits for something could reflect a lot about the person.

The taste of tea also made me think of other components that made this moment of tea tasting possible, like the processes involved in producing the tea, all the equipment, the current workshop event, etc. This truly reflects one of the ideas mentioned in “The Heart of Understanding” in the UGFH book, which is the state of interbeing of everything. The analogy mentioned during the workshop about a master asking others to drink tea (喫茶去) also consolidates the idea mentioned in the textbook about upekkha (分別心), in which people should put down their own thoughts and see everything equally.

In a nutshell, the event allowed me to reflect on myself, and I have decided to start meditating since it helps us with our emotions and thoughts, and has multiple positive impacts on our brain, as mentioned in one of the videos.

 

劉兆星

數學及數學教育 / 二年級

這次茶禪活動,我可以反思到我對時間的執念。從小到大一直覺得時間是一種可貴的商品,自己已經窮得一無所有,我並不應該用時間做一些不能產生價值的事情,好如玩電腦遊戲,同朋友聊天等,沒錯,做這些事情時的確能帶給快樂,但我之後會有更多的痛苦,只因為我覺得我的時間只應該用來讀書,並不是用來貪一時之快的,所以我至高中以來一直感覺不到平安和那種平靜的快樂。茶禪要求參加者放下一切,去感受眼前的茶。茶碗中有自己的倒影,我也難得看到自己靜下來的樣子。我突然想到自己對時間的執念讓我看不見許多東西,甚至感到痛苦。是時候改變了。

 

劉芷穎

社會科學院 / 一年級

活動開首點出整個體驗活動的主題:正念。香港生活節奏急促,人人為生計勞碌,連與家人共享天倫之樂和吃飯的時間都未必有,更加莫論個人時間。連結課堂提到的聯合國十七個推動可持續發展目標,其中一個則為良好健康和福祉,更加提醒我個人時間對個人和社會的影響力,遠比自己想象的深遠。

雖然時有聽聞靜觀和瑜伽等方法與正念一脈相承,兩者同樣著重專注、有覺察地關注當下,但卻沒想到品茶可達致同樣境界。燙壺、沖茶、分茶、聞香,再品茶,當中享受寧靜、細微品嘗的過程,讓我不由自主地放鬆下來,同時消除腦內雜念,專注此刻。

今後即使生活繁忙,但仍會利用吃飯和洗碗等時間練習正念,嘗試運用專注和覺察當下的方法,將正念融入生活中。

 

梁凱嵐

音樂 / 二年級

我曾在主修課堂上接觸「正念」(mindfulness) ,但一直都沒有時間練習。今次能跟老師、同學聚在一起,各自為自己奉上一杯茶,一同享受此時此刻的輕鬆自在,實在難得;而且工作坊以網上形式舉行,我們平日都用同一軟件上堂,氣氛比較沉悶,竟沒想過茶禪一味工作坊都能讓我全程投入其中,放鬆身心。

工作坊裏提到聖嚴法師的一句話:「身在哪裡,心在哪裡。清楚放鬆,全身放鬆。」這句話令我印象深刻,讓我反思平日的生活都很趕忙,根本未曾試過給自己空間冷靜下來,並以「靜觀三心」(耐心、初心和非批判心)來覺察自己的一呼一吸、肌肉拉緊、放鬆的微細動作。此外,我亦未曾試過耐心等待泡茶的過程,也未試過慢慢由感受茶溫、茶杯的質感,到用舌尖慢慢一小口、一小口的喝,細味茶香、餘韻。雖然「喫茶」期間,有時會想起還未完成的功課、還未溫習的筆記,但這次工作坊給予我機會靜下來,並專心覺察自己當下的情緒、行為、思想,並對自身如實觀之,嘗試紓解心中煩惱,放下執念,好好體驗當下。

希望日後有更多不同類型的禪修工作坊,讓老師、同學以另類方式紓解壓力,使我們更有心力處理大小挑戰。

 

吳小文

人工智能:系統與科技 / 一年級

這次「喫茶」的活動是一個很特別體驗。首先,我從未嘗試過要做「熱身」的放鬆活動才泡茶喝。其次,我並不是愛泡茶的人,這個活動讓我學到一些茶具和正確泡茶的方法,是另一新的體驗。與老師和同學討論時,我們先提到如何處理壓力,我如同其中一位同學一樣,做功課有時會聽歌,另外我亦會聽電台節目。另外,我們亦討論到《心經》或佛教是否消極的問題。我認為它不是消極,因為佛教鼓勵我們面對現實和活在當下,而不是虛度光陰。對於「不執着」一點,我同意同學的解讀:不執着於結果。正如黃博士課上所說,我們對事物有了期望便執着於一個作法和結果,形成壓力和痛苦。這個活動也一樣,如果我們是比較誰泡的茶最好喝的話,只是在給自己製造痛苦,反而把握機會,一起放鬆身心,慢慢泡茶和喝茶,才更符合佛教的理念。明顯地,這頗積極的。另外,主持活動的導師很強調「為自己」泡茶,另一老師則提出一起喝茶是馬克思所指的「類存在(species being)」活動。我覺得這個活動能帶出我們被忙碌的生活「異化(alienation)」,平日喝茶只滿足生理需要,但其實忙裏偷閒去放鬆身心,享受一杯茶,正好是自我意識的展現,突顯人與動物的分別。通過「禪」的活動來活在當下或許才是我們真正所需要的事物。

 

TSE Yat Long

Social Work / Year 2

“A Taste of Zen in Tea” workshop gave me ideas on mindfulness mediation, tea-meditation and an opportunity to practice tea-mediation. I feel grateful to have this opportunity to taste tea as an activity of mediation because it modifies my original idea of mediation, which is mainly sitting quietly without thinking clumsy things in mind. Indeed, this workshop brought me a new dimension to feel mediation which require me to pay attention on the moment with non-judgmental mind.

In the workshop, the parts that inspire me and make me feel the most memorable was letting us to smell the tea leaf and taste the first bite of tea with our eyes close in tea mediation part. The smelling part brought me a new way to experience the tea, the smell of tea leaf was a bit bitter but mildly fragrant. Besides, the tasting part let me feel not only the mild flavor of the tea but also let me feel the aroma of the tea at the same time, I found that the aroma changed the flavor of the tea from bitter to mildly sweet (甘). These two findings in the mediation help me found out that I have never thought about flavor of tea could be mildly sweet because I seldom drink tea and my impression of tea remain in my childhood memory which was all tea are very bitter and do not suit me. This brand-new experience from tea mediation gave me a totally new understanding on tea and inspired me to practice tea mediation again to find out more about tea and enjoy the non-judgmental moment which can free and relax my mind. As the result, I feel grateful to have this opportunity to practice tea-mediation in this workshop.

 

王芷筠

社會學 / 一年級

經過茶禪一味工作坊後,雖然我未能完全習得正念的箇中精華,但我領會到放下執念和活在當下的重要性。

在正念的過程中,我只需要放空自己,放鬆身體,感受自己的存在,但我力有不逮,未能達到正念的境界,這時我忍不住胡思亂想, 不禁用腦裏的固有思維推測正念的可行性,這樣放鬆自己能真的教會我活在當下嗎?這時老師介紹了杯茶禪理的故事,故事中飽讀詩書的學者雖問南隱禪師何為禪,但他內心早有對禪的固有見解,聽不下禪師的詮釋,即使禪師說再多亦無用,所以學者需要暫時清空固有思維,頭腦才有空間接納新穎的想法。此故事一言驚醒夢中人,我如那學者一樣,固有思維限制着我未能接納新穎的思維,但只要我的腦袋未真正拋開固有思維,我就未能真正全身心投入正念之中,所以我需清空腦袋,拋開固有思維去接納全新想法,才能使腦袋有空餘明白正念的真諦,全身心專注地投入正念之中,領略活在當下;而且使自己不受固有思緒束縛,也是一種活在當下。

每節課堂完結前皆有與老師和同學討論的時間,互相交流及分享自己的感受和得着。在茶禪中,我難得用一系列茶具去泡茶,去敬自己一杯茶,使我更深入領略到活在當下的真諦。平日倉促地過生活,只隨便地把茶包放進水中便當沖了一杯茶,甚少去享受沖茶的過程、細細品嘗茶的滋味。不過這次我真正地去敬自己一杯茶,讓我發現原來自己一直在一直追趕着生活,茶禪讓我暫時放下急速的腳步、無時無刻在高速運作的大腦,教曉放鬆自己不是浪費時間,以平常心過平常生活,學會與自己相處,專注自己手上的動作,在生活中悟道,暫時忘卻腦中的愁緒,便是學會活在當下的第一步。

雖然我未能習得箇中精粹,談放下執念也只有一瞬的時間,但學會拋開腦中思緒和自己相處,已足以讓我反思活在當下的重要性,我亦相信自己已踏出活在當下的第一步。