ancient times, tea and Buddhism have been inseparable.Buddhists believe that
the nature of tea is interlinked with Buddhism. Meditation and drinking tea can
cultivate one’s morality and nature, so Buddhism is closely related to tea.
the verses about tea and Buddhism, the most popular is “go for tea”. This poem
is written by master Congnian of Bolin
temple, Hebei province. The words seem simple but have profound meaning. In
order to commemorate it, there is a stele of “go for tea” in the
mountains and ancient temples produce famous tea. The reason is that the monks
planted tea trees around the temple for the convenience of drinking tea.” Many famous tea, like Lushan Yunwu Tea
produced by Donglin temple in Lushan, Putuo tea produced by Putuo Mountain in
Zhejiang and Biluochun tea produced by Shanshui Yuean in Dongting, Jiangsu, are
all related to monks. In particular, Chinese traditional famous tea has more or
less the imprint of Buddhism.
has also made great contributions to Chinese tea art and ceremony. Monk Fuquan
of the Song Dynasty also created the art of “dividing tea”, also
known as tea drama, which is to make the foam on the surface of tea soup form
images or even words.Tea dramas are vivid and have also made important
contributions to the art of tea tasting in China.
is for drinking. It is most suitable for people who are refined, thrifty and
virtuous.”Monks pursue the realm of being just without desire, which is
just matched with the meditation and nourishing nature of tea.The tea and
Buddhism permeate and achieve each other, and jointly become the splendid
national culture of China.
If you have time, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and experience the
culture of tea and Buddhism.