October Tea ’23


From Kathy:   
10 Virtues of Tea by Rikyu:  Blessed by gods / shakes off sleepiness / discharges filial duties / wards off disease
/ makes one love and respect people / frees one from earthly desires / keeps one healthy / has contact with
nobility / prolongs life / expels darkness

From Victoria:
        I like the idea of a flock of fukusas. This talk of nature reminds me of 花鳥風月, kachou fuugetsu which
literally means Flower Bird Wind Moon but commonly translates to “experience the beauty of nature, learn
about yourself”

From Karima Terry Forman:
        Thank you for this beautiful tea. Love to all, Karima

From Karen:
        Bounties of nature/provide the materials for our study/mirroring the perfectness of the imperfect.

From Kay:
        Asking so little/Giving so generously/God’s hand whisking hope

From Kim:
a flock of fukasas/ a pinecone whisk, / and a heart still beating for the one I love. / Blessed by gods.

From Gracy and Richard:
        pine cone twirling in the green tea longing for the lost bark of the covenant remembers the needles of its

From Kim:
        tea with friends/ expels the darkness.

From Jean:
        Three birds in the sunflower stocks, withered leaves, faded petals and pale feathers joined in an October

From Deboah MN:
        so grateful for this time together    thank you

From Victoria:
        We sit together in our fukusa flock/
        with dreams of sky and shore;/
        Nature provides wherever we seek.

From Sakina:
        my fukusa is a gift/ from silkworms/who ate mulberry leaves/ If I’m quiet enough/ can I hear them/

From Lesley:
        thank god for nature’s tea. every moment holding, purifying, scooping, whisking, slurping, rinsing,

From Kevin:
        Nature inspires to take a deeper look and see with new eyes  

From Siddiq:
       The craftsman’s gift / is met by nature’s bounty / and wed in beauty.   

From JB:
         Nature and Tea intertwine and gives our creative side endless possibilities – How amazing is that!

May Tea ’23

From Gerow Purification... Meeting life as it is.... Acceptance orrecognition of the present moment... Respect.... Sense of freedom from "shoulds"   From Karen (who remembered this from another Lama Tea poet) Rains arrived... fire turns tosteam... renewal   From Deb...

April Tea ’23

    From Kathy While turning the compost pile at the retreat yesterday, I remembered this poemBy Sasaki Sanmi “Taking a break, resting my chin on the hoe, I sense the hoe’s strongattachment to this field” From Sakina holding each other gently / we share the...

March Tea ’23

From Ravi Austin through the universeeach space, each planet, each timeMatcha & me From Siddiq Hans von Briesen WE are found objectsWashed ashore in the sea of lifeGrateful to be alive. From Deborah MN Awe, the change of seasons, tea, remarkable and humbling32...

February Tea ’23

What courage, each year, has the treeto once again birth her leaves,her pink cherry blossoms or delicate dogwood petals,knowing in days, weeks or months,they will wither and fall to the ground.So, too, the crocus or tulip,who struggles through the frozen...


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September Tea

Hopping bunny stops To sniff a morning glory Vining through lettuce — Tracy Cates Return to tea, Return to friends. Love and blessings everyone! — Kate Shane glowing jars of autumn bounty bunny madonnas crickets at my window it's autumn! — Kathy Lyons Hippity HOPPING,...


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A Letter from the Coordinator

Beloved Lama Community, So much has changed for us all in these last few months. Not long ago, residents were deep in retreat for our winter intensives, wondering if the Community Center kitchen project would ever be totally completed, and eagerly awaiting a summer...


Lama has a podcast page on SoundCloud! https://soundcloud.com/user-615961713 Listen on SoundCloud Remembering our recently departed Elaine Sutton, as she reads her works just days before passing on into the great unknown. Elaine Karen Sutton, B. 9/16/1949, D....

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