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Zen Tea

28 March 2009

Our life is like a cup of tea, no one can taste it for us - bitter or sweet, that is our own unique experience. Drink it right now, and feel it, and savour it, and reflect on it, and then ask yourself, who is here drinking the tea.


19 March, 2009, monks from Pure Way Buddhist Monastery in Hangzhou are on their way to tend the tea crops in their farms as a way to cultivate the Buddha seeds in their hearts

A young yet well cultivated monk purifies the tea crops with enlightened bliss

A young master is roasting green tea to eradicate dust and bitterness from the raw plants

A young master is serving tea to all visitors regardless of their faith and status

The advanced tea culture was initially developed in Chinese Buddhist monasteries, as a way to help refresh spirit during meditation. The nature of refinement of greet tea has best reflected the ritual-less while highly sophisticated Zen approach to the enlightened liberation and wisdom, thus Zen Tea came into being.

One of the best brands of Zen Tea is called "Dragon Well Tea in West Lake" (西湖龙井茶), produced by monks at Pure Way Temple (法净寺) in Hangzhou (杭州), one of the most picturesque cities in China.

The following is a Zen Tea poem composed by Du Xiaoshan (杜小山), of North Song (北宋: 960 - 1279):


(Source of info & photos: 王定昶, 施健学,

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The Life of a Dying Parasite

Listen carefully, my serfs, if I'm gonna go to Vajra Hell, you must all go with me! Understand?

Dalai Lama and his followers, the exiled former slave and serf owners, lived like a bunch of blood suckers, quite literally, when they were in Tibet, live a parasitic life style relying on the handouts of their West masters when they are in Indian, and hope to keep living a life at the expenses of other human beings in future, therefore recently called on Tibetan farmers to stop cultivating their farms during this crucial sowing season as a way of protest.

Over the decades, ethnic Tibetan Chinese enjoy various special benefit allowances from the central government, including free schooling and free medicare which the main ethnic group people, Han, had and many still have no access to, not to mention the regular wages paid to Tibetan lamas that other religious groups in China are not entitled to receive. However, the majority of Tibetan people still rely heavily on the crops as their main source of income; and due to the hash climate in Tibet, the land on the rooftop of the planet can only bring production once a year. If the farmers have missed the spring sowing season, imagine what would leave them in the next year?

It seems that Dalai Lama, while no longer having opportunity to suck the blood of his former serfs, wishes they could return to a life of stricken poverty that they experienced during the time under his reign.

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