This cassette is based on this eminent author's book Zen and Japanese Culture. The tea ceremony has pervaded Japanese culture since ancient times. This simple and elegant practice used by Buddhist monks and passed on to others emphasizes harmony, reverence, purity, and tranquility. Suzuki explicates these guiding principles and also looks at other ritualistic aspects of the tea house. The readings are performed by Christopher Reed who has been teaching Buddhist tradition for 15 years. Other titles in this four-part series are "What Is Zen?", "Zen and the Love of Nature," and "Zen and the Samurai."