During the story myself and groups of 15 primary age children, sat cross legged in the Japanese gallery and concentrated our breathing in and out 4 times over whilst thinking good thoughts about the person sitting next to us on our right.
This meditative activity was a crucial element that the ancient tea masters engaged in before preparing tea. The aim being that the tea has the right energy put into it on preparation and in drinking.
However, in the story The Tea Master is challenged to a duel with a Samurai. At first he is terrified but he learns to transfer his skills of tea making into becoming a quietly confident and unswerving opponent. The samurai recognised the tea master’s inner strength triumphing over sheer brawn and asked for forgiveness and retreated from the battle.
Fancy a cuppa anyone?