Retreat Teachers


Andrew Hobai Pekarik

Andrew Hobai Pekarik has been a student of tea ceremony in the Urasenke tradition since 1977, and a Zen student in the Mountains and Rivers Order since 1994. He constructed his own teahouse, and he has been involved with Japanese art and literature as a scholar, curator, and author.

Events with Andrew Hobai Pekarik

Chado: The Way of Tea
June 20, 2020

The Japanese tea ceremony merges the sophisticated aesthetic of the Zen arts and careful attention to detail with the ordinary act of making a cup of tea. Tea ceremony developed in close association with Zen, and it emphasizes awareness, tranquility, and the interrelationship of host and guest. For those who are new to meditation practice, tea ceremony can be a path to entering the larger universe of Zen and its arts. For those who practice zazen, tea ceremony offers an incisive opportunity for expressing the mind of Zen in everyday activity. This daylong retreat will be a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking and discussion. At the heart of it will be the appreciation of this very moment, and the joy of sharing that with others. Hobai is a gifted storyteller, and is adept at infusing his teaching of tea with stories of the great tea masters of the past, as well as his own experiences as a student of tea. His love of tea ceremony is infectious, and is an important aspect of what he has to offer. This program is for anyone interested in the Zen arts, in Japanese culture, in a practice to…