The Seer has explained that the definition of true refinement can be summed up as living the principles of the Japanese tea ceremony every moment of one's life.
"To live with respectful awareness of the gifts brought by the moment, sets us apart from the lives of beasts. The boorish man thrives on chaos; the refined person lives a life of grace and courtesy and embodies the sensitive poise of one who seeks to walk his eternal journey with the reverent footsteps of a Master."
Japanese Tea Ceremony Explained
by Adam Acar, PhD
Tea ceremony can be explained by this simple phrase: ichi go ichi e — which means each moment only occurs once. The purpose of the tea ceremony is all about being present in the moment and remembering that this very moment will never come back again. When we participate in the ceremony, we have to forget about everything and just focus on drinking tea in harmony with people around us.
Building on this philosophy, Rikyu introduced the 4 main principles of the tea ceremony: WA, KE, SEI and JAKU, also known as, harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.