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Since its publication in 1906, Okakura's 'Book of Tea' has been considered a classic. The book promotes the idea that tea serves as a foundation for a holistic and spiritual system of life, philosophy, and associated benefits. The philosophy, known as Teaism, is a blend of Taoist and Zen traditions, forming a world-philosophy, disposition, and mindset.
According to Okakura, the whole ideal of Teaism is based on the Zen concept of finding greatness in the smallest incidents of life, emphasizing the importance of being present in the moment. Besides the philosophy, the book provides insight into how everyday things should be approached, and it also offers education on tea-making and architecture.