The most famous Korean monk of his time, Ven. Beop Jeong Seunim passed away on March 11th, 2010. Undoubtedly, he was one of the biggest influences on the way one thinks about this world, the way one thinks about tea, and the concept of this blog.
A zen monk who lived as a hermit, he is most famous for his articles on non-possession. His most famous essay "Without Possessions" expounds his wonderful world view.
In an interview he gave later in life he said that he felt a bit embarrassed that he wrote a famous book on non-possession but still couldn't give away his teapot. When he died his teapot was one of only 3 of his last worldly possessions besides his clothes and glasses held together with tape.
His only English print book, "May All Beings Be Happy" (2006) has pages that fall out, their corners dog-eared, the white cover blacked from overuse. One always keeps his teachings on possessions firm in ones mind.
Is one wrapped up in the possessing of a certain kind of tea or teaware? If so, has one truly lost the true deep meaning of tea?
Meditating on these things, one continues to drink many types of modest tea from a single old pot.