Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1970's Tong Qing Hao

In the garden of exquisite flowers at the bank of a river 
The Bliss-gone honey-bees are sitting on the flowers, 
Totally beautifying the garden and emitting the sound of the Dharma drum, 
And the whole garden manifests as if listening to the holy Dharma with respect...
The forest, as if it were the clear sky shining with stars and planets, 
Is peaceful and rich with the ornament of garlands of virtues. 
It is beautified with the glories of nature. 
Such prosperity never exists even in the heaven of Brahma. 
Trees carry loads of fruits and leaves. 
Gardens provide different pleasures in the four seasons .
Rivers emit various music sweet to hear. 
Forests are ornamented by ascetics in contemplation. 
From the sounds of trees touched by winds, 
Birds, bees, and deer 
Hear the pacifying holy Dharma in Brahma voice. 
These sights make blossom the thousand-petalled flower of faith. 
It seems that all the virtuous karma perfected in the past, 
And the blessings of the kindness of the holy ones 
Have entered the beings of this land, 
And that the samsaric ocean is going to end. 

- Longchen Rabjam

If you're looking for a review of the 70's Tong Qing Hao (sample thanks to The Essence of Tea), you won't find it here.  I made no notes.  Instead I read some Longchenpa, contemplated the matter of age and essence, and steeped myself in thankfulness.   :)


  1. That's the best review of any tea I've read in quite some time.

    Sounds like you had a lovely tea session.

  2. The top picture is probably one of the best pictures I have ever seen.

    This is a beautiful post.

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing ~ Toki

  4. Bev,

    Hahaha... you just pulled a Zen! We tea bloggers LOVE that one... we are all guilty of it. It seems we throw that one in there from time to time just to keep the readers on their toes :)

    But seriously, it probably does represent more of our tea drinking than the blogs let on. Taking meticulous notes while drinking represents only a fraction of one's tea time, likely the same is true for you?

    Your blog continues to make one happy. Thank you.


  5. Great picture! I have a sample of that tea coming my way so hopefully my camera works magic like that during my session.

  6. The beauty of your photography matches the beauty of the experience, I'm sure!

  7. wooden tray on 2nd picture is unreal. what camera are you using btw?

  8. Hi Anonymous,
    That tray in the second picture is actually an old leather book cover. I just pulled it out for something different for the photo. My camera is nothing fancy, just an Olympus point and shoot.