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A gentle invitation to mindfulness in a tiny book that looks like a tea bag. For tea lovers who appreciate the meditative experience in a cup of tea. A zen koan to ponder with your tea.

Small enough to mail with a card, it would make a sweet little gift book for anyone.

And you get a price break if you buy 5 of them — select 1 for quantity, then choose from "1 or set of 5." Shipping cost is the same as for one.

This little book relates the story of a Buddhist master in China, whose advice to students who wanted to discuss the mysteries of enlightenment was "go have some tea."

• Hand-stitched with a three-hole pamphlet stitch using tea-dyed waxed linen thread, with a string and tab like a tea bag.
• Measures approx. 1 3/4" high by 2 1/4" wide
• Includes a bibliography (Yes! This tiny book is well-rearched and documented.)
• Comes in its own sleeve, either a matching handmade one or an authentic tea packet (does not include tea, sorry!)

I tea-dyed the linen thread to coordinate with the cover, which is a scan of tea-stained paper and features a digital copy of my linocut relief print of a teapot.

It comes in a paper sleeve (like a tea packet), either a brown one designed and made by me, with your choice of label colors or none (see fourth photo); or an upcycled red tea packet, either a bright red one from Stash English breakfast tea (shown on the left, fifth photo), or a muted red one from Tazo Awake tea (Tazo no longer uses this design, but I used to save them because I really liked it, so I still have quite a few).

If you're getting more than one and you don't want them to be all the same, choose "Mix - buyer choice" and tell me what you want in the note to seller, or "Mix - artist choice" and I'll select for you.

Send it with a card:

Or buy five cards at a discount (your choice of cards):

You might also like this mini poster featuring the same teapot and a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:

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"Thank you for making such awesomeness :D"
— customer comment about this booklet

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Frequently asked questions about SharonsCompendium

I can change the text on cards as well as book plates; all book plate listings include a custom option for $8 extra. If you want custom printing on cards, please contact me to work out the details.

I do not do custom drawings or pet portraits, sorry! Neither can I alter an existing drawing.
Gift wrapping is always an option if you request it in the message to seller.
I offer quantity discounts on cards (which are $4 per single card) through existing listings of 5 cards for $15 and 10 cards for $20. Since the 10-card deal is already marked down to half price, that is the same as wholesale and available to all customers. Some other items are available for wholesale (quantity discounts). Please ask if interested.

A mini book with a zen story about tea and mindfulness, in a tea packet sleeve. Meditation book. Mindful tea. Zen zine.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, linen thread, tea packet, toner
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 444 reviews
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