Monday, August 17, 2009

The Taste of Cha

I've resumed my habit of regular consumption of green tea. Every time I do, I think of the legend of how green tea came about:

Bodhidharma set about meditating for nine years facing a wall. After five years he was so sleepy that he could not keep his eyelids open and fell asleep. When he woke up he was so angry about this that he cut of his eyelids and threw them on the ground. The eyelids grew into the first green tea plants. And from henceforth, tea has ever been the companion of monks for mediation (and apparently for geeks and programming as well).

It is said that "the taste of tea (cha) and the taste of Zen (Chan) are the same". In Japanese, the characters for 'tea' and 'eyelids' are both 'cha'.

mmmmmm.....cha tastes good.