The Buddha Serving Tea


The Buddha Serving Tea

What if the Buddha Served you tea?

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If the Buddha served you tea

"If the Buddha served you tea how do you want to receive it? By slurping it down and demanding more, or might it be better to gracefully sip the tea, while filling up your body with appreciation for this event that The Buddha is serving you tea, and it is so delicious, and the room is so peaceful and beautiful.

So you are sipping and expressing your appreciation, and letting that appreciation saturate yourself. And your life condition is getting higher and higher. And because your life condition is getting higher The Law demands that more benefits flood over you, so The Buddha continues to serve more tea in your cup and it tastes better and better.

And that is how you should strive to be about all benefits in your life, do not slurp it down and demand more, sip, appreciate, look around and pay attention to what else there is in the environment to appreciate."
~~Pascual Olivera (Not an exact quote)


Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves
- slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Discussion Forum

Zen and Tea

Started by Pat. Last reply by Pat Aug 23, 2009. 1 Reply

Favorite Buddhist Quotes

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Tea Quotes

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Comment by Pat on May 7, 2009 at 11:16pm

Happy Mother's Day
A cup of tea to say thank you
For all the things you've done,
And wishes that the day will bring
You happiness and fun..
Happy Mother's Day
~~©birdiekity May - 1998

photo credit: Robin Stubbert
Comment by Pat on April 5, 2009 at 1:07am
Kiemlan, thank you for the lovely poem. You have captured the Mystical!
Comment by Pat on April 5, 2009 at 1:03am
Marie, always happy to have a new convert!
Comment by Marie Richardson on March 15, 2009 at 1:26am
I went to an authentic teahouse in Hong Kong and took part in a tea ceremony. The thought, care and preparation was analogous to the thought, care, and preparation we put into our buddhist practice. I have dropped my quick, caffeine coffee cups for the meditative warmth of tea.
Comment by aparna on July 9, 2008 at 7:02am
I second Linda on tea!!

And thanks Kiemlan, for sharing.
Comment by aparna on July 9, 2008 at 3:39am
Do you have any more stuff by Pascual Olivera?
Comment by Kiemlan on June 13, 2008 at 5:56pm
Ok I'll add a poem:

Genmaicha (June 13, 2008
under the clear hot water
a rice grain blooms into a golden pebblet
quiet, serene and oh so clear

this is why my forefathers said
that tea is mystical,
a mirror to the soul

You can watch your thoughts sink through the surface
until they come to rest in nothingness
all is peace in this bright pool
fish are swimming around the weeds
weaving their pace in and out
the mirror of forever

but for now I think I'll drink it
and enjoy sencha with roast rice.

Perhaps it's edible, too.

(in honour of the ever so mystical, practical Chinese :-) )
Comment by Veta on May 25, 2008 at 1:54pm
I'm a tea fanatic! How wonderful to see such thoughts using tea as a source of wisdom! Now, I will definitely think about these quotes when sipping my tea! :) It is very true. Only this moment is life.
Comment by Linda on April 18, 2008 at 11:08am
The best tea is Tulsi tea, spiced with cinamon and served with a shot of southern comfort....
Comment by Pat on April 11, 2008 at 12:31pm
Welcome, Kiemlan!

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