Monday, August 1, 2011

Tea is tea

So, it turns out the dude at Teavana was right: all teas (e.g. black, white, green, oolong, etc) are all prepared (check out the cool chart) from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis). Naturally, this excludes Rooibus and herbal teas.  But this surprised me.

Speaking of tea, I've always found this story interesting about how tea came to be.  The Bodhidharma was meditating soon after arriving in China for 9 years.  At some point during this time, he dozed off for just a second.  He was so frustrated at having broken his concentration that he cut off his eyelids so that he'd never be distracted again by sleep.  Guan Yin (Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion) caused the eyelids to grow into tea plants, used by Buddhist practitioners to this day to prevent sleep from interrupting their meditations.  The Japanese character for tea leaf is the same as that for eyelid.

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