|the sign says it all|
Here's a little treat for you -- a field trip to Zen Dog's Tea House Gallery, a beloved Seattle haven for tea lovers and community. This place is special. No doubt about it. Zen Dog (or ZD as he likes to be called) has built a whole world of loveliness, a temple to tea. Every nook and cranny, every turn and vista beckons the eye to admire, the body to relax and the heart to open.
|main floor tea table and gathering area|
|small Dragon tea table in the upstairs gallery|
Intrigue Chocolates. Barthel and ZD have even teamed up to produce a special tea-and-chocolate truffle bar (available at ZD's place), aptly named "Zen Dog Bark" (and yes, it's yummy!). Another frequent guest speaker here is Harrison Moretz of the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle. Also, about once a month the tea house is host to talks from the Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche of the nearby Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, and occasionally teachers from another local Buddhist group, the Blue Heron Zen Community, will come to give talks. Although ZD himself will tell you he ascribes no labels to himself when it comes to spiritual paths and that his spiritual practice is simply tea, it's not surprising that many in the local contemplative communities have found a kindred spirit at his tea table.
|upstairs tea table and gathering area|
Tea as a Way of Life.
|another view of the main floor gallery|
|koi pond and meditation rock|
|wonderful tea friends, Zen Dog and Stephen Bonnell|
|ZD's always-present footwear of choice :)|