The attorneys for the groups said it was “a great day for the First Amendment,” but noted that day “was too long in coming.” “The Government’s generous settlement with the Class Plaintiffs fully vindicates their claims that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups based on their viewpoint,” lead counsel for the conservative groups, Eddie Greim, told Fox News in an email.
“However, like Lois Lerner’s stated apology back in 2013, any recent so-called 'apology' by the IRS has little value.
Modern experts on the topic point out that both sides of the brain are stimulated by Japanese tea ceremony.
This balanced activity helps to bring a deep calm and even a spiritual consciousness to those who take part in the activity.
They are a reminder that our exterior, physical life is but a temporary thing that will decay and eventually depart.
By understanding the inevitability of impermanence (sabi) and the simplicity of our inner being (wabi), one can grow toward a state of consciousness even in this life.
However, much of what takes place in Zen Buddhism is not what it appears to the outside observer.
Because Buddhism itself is an inner practice for the most part, an outward ceremony or ritual often reveals nothing about the inner meaning of a given behavior. How could one know what is taking place during meditation just by observing the person in the meditative state? Tourists and outsiders can watch, even take part in, a Japanese tea ritual without learning anything of its inner, esoteric message.
“For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.” The Justice Department’s settlement would pay the claims of each of the over 400 groups in the case.Lois Lerner, then head of the Exempt Organizations unit responsible, became the public face of the scandal, though other IRS officials were involved as well.Sessions said that groups with names involving “Tea Party” or “Patriots,” or those with specific policy positions concerning government spending, were subject to “inappropriate criteria” to “screen” applications.The first two people who brought tea and its serving rituals from China were Buddhist monks.Each of them did much to establish different parts of the ceremony that we know today.