Any Questions?

Any Questions?

Here at the Tea Sage Hut, we welcome fellow tea lovers from around the world as our guests. To make the journey a little simpler, we’ve put together some basic information on how to visit us and what visiting us is like. Be sure to fill out an application form well in advance of your visit, as our center is often fully booked! There is always a warm bowl, a bed and hug waiting for you here

Here at the Tea Sage Hut, we welcome fellow tea lovers from around the world as our guests. To make the journey a little simpler, we’ve put together some basic information on how to visit us and what visiting us is like. Be sure to fill out an application form well in advance of your visit, as our center is often fully booked! There is always a warm bowl, a bed and hug waiting for you here


Guidlines for Staying at the Hut:

People come to our center from around the world to learn about tea, meditation and life wisdom. It is important that you practice surrendering to the schedule, guidelines and lifestyle of the Hut while you are here. We understand, of course, that not all aspects of our lifestyle will be for everyone, but if you don’t fully surrender to life here, you won’t give our practice a genuine try and you won’t know which aspects of living in the way we do could be beneficial in your life. In other words, if you practice living in the same way you were at home, you won’t try out new ways and won’t effect a positive change in your life. After you get home, you can then choose which, if any, of the aspects of life here would be a healthy inclusion in your own life. Also, life here is communal, which often means compromising our own desires in the name of going with the flow. This makes everything here run smoothly. We appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines while you are here:

1) To attend all meditations sessions, morning and evening, as well as activities, tea sessions, ceremonies and tea classes.

2) To maintain a plant-based, vegetarian diet while staying at the Hut.

3) To abstain from taking any and all intoxicants.

4) To honor the body and refrain from sexual misconduct.

5) To love kindness, treating myself and others with respect.

6) To maintain an open attitude, tolerant and willing to learn.

7) To love tea.

1) To attend all meditations sessions, morning and evening, as well as activities, tea sessions, ceremonies and tea classes.

2) To maintain a plant-based, vegetarian diet while staying at the Hut.

3) To abstain from taking any and all intoxicants.

4) To honor the body and refrain from sexual misconduct.

5) To love kindness, treating myself and others with respect.

6) To maintain an open attitude, tolerant and willing to learn.

7) To love tea.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • We ask that guests don’t arrive at the center unannounced. We want to make sure we plan for your visit properly, and that you arrive at a good time during our daily schedule.
  • The first step to arranging a visit is to fill out an application form and tell us what dates you would like to come. This form will not reserve a booking for you! One of us from the Hut will write you back shortly and help you book a visit here.
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Tea Sage Hut
No. 16, Yu Ching St., Lane 94
Miao Li, Miao Li, Taiwan, 360
苗栗市玉清街94巷16號
Tea Sage Hut is located in Miaoli City, Taiwan. Miaoli City is about 1.5 hour drive from Taipei, and just over an hour’s drive from Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The Hut is close to Miaoli train station, which is located on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Western Line. At the time of writing, the Miaoli High Speed Rail (HSR) Station is still under construction, but may be an option as of late 2015 or early 2016. If you are taking the train, note that the TRA and HSR trains are different lines with different stations.

Coming from anywhere in Taiwan:
The Hut is best reached by train (TRA). From the train station, we can try to arrange to pick you up, or you can arrive by taxi. The drive is only about 5 minutes and taxi fare is about 100NT. 

Even if you are confirmed on our calendar, please let us know in advance how you plan to come to the Hut. This way we can offer help or plan appropriately for your arrival time.

Coming from Taoyuan International Airport (TPE):
Note: If you are arriving at Taoyuan International Airport after 8 PM, please spend a night in Taoyuan (the city where the airport is located) or Taipei, etc. before traveling to the center.
 
There are a few ways to arrive at the Hut from the airport.
  
1) Private taxi: 
We will call a private taxi to pick you up from the airport and bring you directly to our center. We must book your taxi at least 2 days before your arrival date. Once we book the taxi, we will send you a confirmation e-mail!
* The driver will wait for you in the Arrival Hall of the airport, with your name on a sign. Expect the taxi to take around one hour, and cost 1900$NT.

2) TRA Train: Airport — Taoyuan Train Station — Miaoli Train Station: 
Hail your own taxi from the airport to the Taoyuan Train Station (NOT the high speed rail station). The ride should be around 25 minutes, around 600$NT. 
From Taoyuan Station, you can take a train to Miaoli Station (up to 1 hour 40 minutes, and up to 190$NT) . 
*There is also a bus from TPE to Taoyuan Station, but it runs infrequently and requires some walking/navigating. We recommend the train to our guests.

For Airport (TPE) Bus info: http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Buses/

For the TRA Train schedules and fares: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/
Before arriving, many people ask us about daily life here at Tea Sage Hut—what we do and what visiting is like.

Mostly, we practice Cha Dao (The Way of Tea). We also eat vegetarian meals, laugh a lot and meditate twice a day. We do a bit of chanting, as well, but participation is voluntary. We learn about tea, and impromptu tea lessons are frequent. Each Tuesday and Wednesday we have more formal tea classes. Tuesdays are about tea as spiritual cultivation, and Wednesdays are about the linear side of tea: tea and tea processing, etc. Thursday mornings we hike into the mountains to fetch water, and in the evenings we have discourses. On Saturdays, there is morning chanting, and we usually have movie nights (with the best popcorn in the world). There is at least one formal Japanese tea ceremony in the Zendo every week, as well.

There are morning and evening meditation sessions for one hour each. If you have never meditated, we can provide instructions. If you have a meditation technique, we permit any practice that is done in quiet.

There is no dinner served at the Hut, though there is fruit, sometimes leftovers and a nearby veggie restaurant if you’re feeling especially hungry one night.

If you’re here to learn about tea, we can teach you about tea. If you’re here for spiritual development, we can teach about that, too. If you’re here to help support and spread the cultivation of wisdom through tea, even better.

Guests stay here anywhere from one night to three weeks. If you are interested in becoming a resident, please contact us. As of now, we are looking for those with web design skills, editing and writing skills and/or photography skills to come be residents.

Visitors are generally housed in a simple, but clean and comfortable, four-bed dorm. We host guests from around the world, and roommates here at the Hut often form strong friendships with the fellow tea spirits they meet here in the center. Depending on who else is visiting when you are here, the dorm may be mixed-gender.

We have two buildings here at the Tea Sage Hut, though one is mostly reserved for long-term residents. They are within five minutes of each other.
We are a non-sectarian center devoted to awakening harmony through tea. We practice Zen in a pure form: not as a sect of Buddhism but understood as the meditative mind itself. This is called “daily life Zen”. While there are Zen activities at the center, like altars, prayers, and chanting, these aspects of our life and practice are not compulsory. These are the ways that we prefer to cultivate ourselves, and we feel that they facilitate a deeper understanding of tea as well, working together in harmony. That does not mean that you must be affiliated with a religion or Buddhist faith to visit the Hut or to be richly rewarded by the many tea practices, lessons and wisdom here. Meditation is compulsory, but the meditation we teach is based on breath; and breath is universal to all of us.

This is a friendly and warm place, full of Zen and Tea, which are “one flavor” after all. One of the best things about tea is that it is so universal, and from monks to construction workers we can all find the truths we share in common. We therefore strive to bridge gaps of the mind with the heart. Contact us if you have any doubts or further questions about the Zen in our life.
We are an open center. You are free to practice any meditation at the Hut, so long as it is quiet and does not require any machinery (like audio files, etc.). If you do not have a meditation practice, we can offer instructions in breathing meditation. There is also a teacher with whom you can meet to discuss meditation issues that arise as you practice here.
Pack as you would for visiting an old friend. We provide guests with food, tea and basic rooming (including sheets, blankets and a towel).

Please consider the local climate when packing.

Consider leaving space in your bag for tea and teaware on your return trip.
Please do not bring meat, alcohol or other intoxicants into the center.

Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or other scented products at the tea table.

And as we always remind ourselves, please leave your ego with your shoes at the door!
This is a transparent operation. You are welcome to photograph or videotape pretty much anything you like here, and to share it on your website, blog, etc. Also, we sometimes shoot photos and videos for Global Tea Hut Magazine, etc. If you would not like your image to be used for these purposes, please let us know beforehand.
Our current center is not currently able to host children. However, we plan to have kid-friendly facilities at our new center, Light Meets Life, and to offer children’s tea workshops there.
We are a completely free tea center running on the generosity of guests like you.

Service is the most valuable contribution you can offer to help support the Tea Sage Hut. We appreciate everything guests do here, whether it is helping with the dishes or simply letting us hone our skills by serving you tea. There are a few offerings of service that are particularly of use to us here. One is helping with physical labor, such as building and cleaning. Another is translation. If you have writing and language skills, we would LOVE for you to help us spread our message by translating our pamphlets, website, newsletters and/or books into your native tongue.

We also accept monetary donations. These are not in any way expected and guests who are financially able to donate are treated no differently from those who aren’t. More important than ability to give, though, is desire to give. When you come here as a guest, your stay is enabled by previous visitors who wanted future guests to have as beautiful and rewarding an experience here as they did. And if you feel moved to donate during your stay, you will be enabling future guests to receive the same benefits that you yourself received. Guests don’t give out of a sense of obligation. Guests give because they’ve been moved by their experiences here and they want others to share in that as well. And when you stay here, it’s just the same. We don’t want you to give. We want you to WANT to give.

Our donation box, like Baisao’s, read’s: “The price of this tea is anything from one cent to ten-thousand in gold. Otherwise it’s free; I only wish I could give it to you for less!”
The maximum stay at Tea Sage Hut is 10 days.

We usually do not grant long stays to everyone. Since the Hut is usually so over-booked, we like to keep visits to a week or so, unless it is for a good cause. We love our center, but this is the reason we need to build a bigger one! Most of the time, three week stays are only granted to long-term Global Tea Hut members who are coming to Taiwan just to stay at the Hut and learn Cha Dao. Contact us for more information about a three week stay.
1. Hug everyone in this center everyday.
2. Be in Love!
Wu De travels often, so we can’t be sure he will be here. Eventually, after we have raised enough awareness and energy to start building Light Meets Life, he will travel a lot less and be here full-time to teach and spread the word. In the meantime, you should know that if your dates do not coincide with a time he is here, the center still runs according to schedule and the students here can teach and show you around as well… Below is a tentative schedule for Wu De’s travels in 2015 (Check GTH mags, newsletters or FB for details of events in these places):

April 24 - May
Center is closed

October 2016
Wu De will be teaching in Spain and Czech Republic (Maybe Germany too)
An application form will not reserve a booking for you! One of us from the Hut will write you back shortly and help you book a visit here.
* Bookings are made on a first come first serve basis and availability can change quite quickly without notice.
* After we confirm your dates at the Hut, we will send you an additional email. We will also send a separate form where you can input travel information. This helps us update our calendar and schedule.
If you haven’t done so already, please take a little time to check out our website and back issues of the Global Tea Hut magazine. We welcome you to become a member of Global Tea Hut before or after your visit as a way to stay connected to our international tea community no matter where you may reside.

The about page on this site contains a lot of information as well, including some brochures.

Also, be sure to fill out an application form well in advance. Our center is often fully booked!

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