Incense as a Ritual: The Art of ListeningMay.31.2019
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A Japanese ritual of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, Chadō has a revered place in our evolution, reminding us of the importance of art within the craft of being a tea blender.
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“way of fragrance”
A ritualized Japanese incense ceremony that deepens spiritual and sensory awareness.
Kōdō is a classical art of refinement, along with Chadō (“The Way of Tea”), Kadō (“The Way of Flowers”) and Shodō (“The Way of Calligraphy”).
It takes many years to perfect the Kōdō art and perform the incense ceremony.
A refined sense of smell and hearing is necessary to break down the different elements within the fragrances.
Traditionally held in a Japanese-style tatami room, the ceremony is performed in complete silence.
The secret of Kōdō is in “listening.”
Kōdō consists of two main elements: Monkō and Kumikō
Monkō – let the aroma infuse the body and soul and “listen” to it in a holistic way
Kumikō – a practice to identify the subtle differences in the delicate fragrances
During the Muromachi period (1336–1573), the etiquette of “The Way of Fragrance” evolved together with Chadō, “The Way of Tea”. Since then, Kōdō is said to have ten physical and psychological virtues:
感格鬼神 : Sharpens the senses
清浄心身 : Purifies the body and the spirit
能払汚穢 : Eliminates mental or spiritual pollutants
能覚睡眠 : Awakens the spirit
静中成友 : Heals loneliness
塵裏愉閑 : Calms in turbulent times
多而不厭 : Is not unpleasant, even in abundance
募而知足 : Even in small amounts is sufficient
久蔵不朽 : Does not break down after a very long time
常用無障 : A common use is not harmful
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