All the existing phenomena in the universe are based on duality, such as morning vs. night, male vs. female, motion vs. stillness, long vs. short, void vs. realistic, heaven vs. mother earth and so on. Without any exceptions, all the creatures function in accordance with duality, living and dying on ends. The Ying and Yang rise and fall, forming a harmonic balance in each aspect. Ancient people believed that they could reflect the wisdom and art of the universe with containers or utensils. That is to say, containers or utensils used in the incense ceremony can be the manifestation of beauty and culture. By means experiencing and focusing on the incense ceremony in an aesthetic manner, we can hopefully retrieve the balance between Ying and Yang, which is considered the main purpose of incense ceremony.
Incense ceremony is so rich and abundant, because it is related to literature, poetry, oriental medicine, natural healing therapies, Confucianism, and even Taoism. It takes in-depth understanding to really appreciate the art and beauty of incense ceremony. For the recent decades, people have been searching for ways to enrich their spiritual life by knowing more about incense, studying incense and falling in love with incense. Incense ceremony actually paves the way for people who would like to realize the Way or oneness.