Once upon a (tea) time... - The Tea Shed
A fun, regular feature I thought of and wrote for The Tea Shed's blog, all about tea myths from different cultures around the world. The Tea Shed is a boutique tea company which is enjoying great success for its innovative flavours and funky packaging. Accompanied by original art work by Martha Emeney. Read the full thing here, or get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
'Many years ago (6th century B.C.E), in a land far far away (China) a Buddhist man named Bodhidharma travelled far and wide teaching the people about enlightenment. He was a very good man and could easily have reached Nirvana himself, but couldn’t bear to leave the others in suffering.'
'Tea’s gentle, stimulating quality (try The Tea Shed’s caffeine rich Pick Me Up at 3 *Tea) is said to be Bodhidharma’s gift to the world, helping people on their spiritual journey by making sure they stay awake while they meditate.'
'Don’t worry, there is a happy ending. Bodhidharma did successfully complete his nine year challenge. When he emerged from his meditative state he preached a sermon to the crowd of supporters who had gathered around him. This sermon was known as the Lotus Sutra and all who heard it became enlightened on the spot…