Frank Hadley Murphy was born into an old New England family in Boston, Massachusetts. A seminary drop-out, he graduated from the American Tea Masters Association's tea mastership program and is senior student of Tea Master and Taoist priest, Roy Fong. He has lectured internationally, including for the Santa Fe Opera in conjunction with their US premier of Tan Dun's "Tea: A Mirror of Soul", Mr. Murphy lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico Murphy is the author of The Spirit of Tea a radical departure from all other tea books, touching upon tea's transcendental nature..
He embarked upon a 2 week China Tea Intensive in the field with Tea Master Roy Fong in Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces, China. Mr. Fong is the owner of San Francisco's Imperial Tea Court. During the intensive the group attended classes at China's National Tea Research Institute; picked Dragon Well Tea on the Institute's private grounds; learned how to hand fire the leaves in woks; and then partook of the tea, brewed with Tiger Run Spring Water, while sailing across majestic West Lake---in a floating tea house.
Frank's second book "Tea Fried Brain: Notes from Saint Camellia's Church of the First Infusion" was released in April of 2014. The back cover of "Tea Fried Brain" reads as follows:
"In this controversial testament gleaned from twenty years working behind the scenes of the American Tea Community, free radical, Frank Hadley Murphy, takes us on yet another transformational adventure into the heart and soul of China tea.
He discusses his upcoming book A Mystical Life with us.
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