The Way of Tea: Paradigm for Lifelong Learning

By Alexandre A. Avdulov.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Globalization presents great challenges to long treasured traditions. Some disappear, others are defying this tendency by integrating with other cultures and disciplines.
Originating in ancient China, refined in medieval Japan, Chanoyu, commonly known as the Japanese Tea Ceremony, crossed the Pacific in the nineteenth century and has since found new homes around the globe. This paper proposes to examine how the multidisciplinary tradition of Chanoyu benefits both learners and teachers on many levels by offering universal tools and methods for contemplative pedagogy and creating what one might call the perfect environment for life-long learning.
What had become an undervalued and rather narrow practice in its homeland is being used as a powerful learning tool which captivates learners of all ages and backgrounds in its new milieu. Chanoyu acknowledges and fosters many aspects of learning which accounts for its life-long fascination.

Keywords: Traditional Practices, Life-Long Learning, Contemplative Pedagogy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.385-392. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.166KB).

Dr. Alexandre A. Avdulov

Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Born and educated in Moscow, Russia (Moscow State University, specialty: Japanese Language and Culture), studied and worked in Japan for over ten years, at present Canadian citizen, teaching Japanese language and culture at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) to students from different countries. First Eastern European to study Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) in Japan and receive highest teaching certificate. Currently teacher of Chanoyu in Canada, Japan, USA, Mexico etc. Interests include intercultural communication, languages, pedagogy, leadership and spirituality, visual anthropology, theatre, contemplative arts.


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