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About Po 

tea monk, tea drunk 

My life has been a journey to connect with essence, presence, and being. My first glimpses -from spiritual visions at age 5  and trips with my dad to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and being drawn to the ancient Buddha sculptures there. Trips into nature were also a treasured part of my upbringing, it was the place where I felt the most joy and connection to Being.

 

My journey led me to explore the potency of presence through the art of cooking as a chef, understanding energy through years of internal martial arts training, and decades of passionate study in how Buddhist and Hindu arts are used as transmission vehicles of living spiritual essence.  In each step, (and each fall) I was developing a deeper understanding of how presence and being connect us to the essence of life.

I have spent over  40 years of focused daily spiritual practice, including 15 years of intense inner yoga practice in Shaiva ashram, 3 years of private daily work with a Tibetan yogic master, years in a Gurdjieff school, as well as study with many other spiritual teachers and saints from Hindu, Tibetan, Sufi, Taoist and native traditions. My work is a distillation of all that has been given to me through my teachers as well as my heart's own connection to the divine, a connection that is in every human being.

 

This all  brought me to tea.... which became the perfect vehicle to share everything I had cultivated in myself through the art of tea. I have spent 25 years teaching how to use traditional Chinese tea as vibrational plant medicine to support healing and transformation.  

What has distilled out of this wandering path, is a life devoted to cultivation and transmitting through my tea work, a connection to the living stream of creation.

 My work focuses on helping each individual reconnect to their own power, their own unique essence and thier own creative expression .

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Mission

A life devoted to cultivating internal depth and discrimination and facility in working with subtle energies. In service of healing people and leading them back into their own power and essence. 

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Vision

 To create a lineage of tea used as vibrational medicine for internal cultivation, growth, and healing through the lens of plant spirit, and medicine.  To provide an understanding of tea based on direct experience, the energetic reality of tea practice, and common sense. And, most importantly of all- to give people simple effective tools to support their soul and spirit growth on this planet.

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Pieces of the puzzle 

Director of The Tortoise Temple at Onedoorland, a cultivation community in Portland, Oregon 

Founder and owner of Heavens Tea School of Tea Arts, Portland Oregon - the only tea school in North America devoted to tea and cultivation. Operating for over 20 years. 

Two years as manager of the Tea House at the Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden in Portland.

Adjunct faculty member at NUNM School of Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon for 3 years. 

Decades studying  Buddhist and Hindu art and selling asian antiques. Expert in Himalayan art, specializing in painting, sculpture. 

 

Guest Curator at the Portland Art Museum of an exhibition of early Tibetan Art called -Ascending the Cosmic Ladder, The Sacred Art of Tibet. A piece from my collection was on display at the Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art, in NYC.

Over 40 years of daily spiritual practice, including 15 years of intense inner yoga practice in Shaiva ashram. 3 years of private daily work with a Tibetan yogic master, years in a Gurdjieff school, as well as study with many other spiritual teachers and saints from Hindu, Tibetan, Sufi, Taoist and native traditions. 

A degree in Asian arts, after four schools and 20 years, from Portland State Unversity, go Vikings

Six years of study in Internal Martial Arts and Yiquan. 

 

Two decades in gourmet French, Italian and American restaurants from dishwasher to chef de cuisine. As well as years a the chef at an Ashram where I cooked international vegetarian cuisine.

Photographer and Poet- see my IG page at teadrunkpo. 

 I studied evolutionally neurobiology for three years with my mentor at Harvard, as a renegade unpaid unenrolled lab assistant and have my name on two papers in The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

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