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Tea on Retreats

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Tea on Retreats

Postby Chi » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:59 am

Hello Everyone!

Just came back from a 3-month retreat at GAIA House. It was wonderful!

I didn't drink much tea, as I was practicing renunciation as best I could, and saw it as a distraction. Maybe this is wrong view? What's your experience with tea on long retreats? Does it calm the mind? Agitate the mind?

Thanks for your responses.

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Do Good, Avoid Evil, Purify the Mind.

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Re: Tea on Retreats

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Re: Tea on Retreats

Postby deloriisbrady » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:14 am

It neither agitates, nor relaxes. It’s what your mind probably wants it too.
See, I basically don't like tea but when I am ill I have it for energy. So its just about the likability and belief.

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Re: Tea on Retreats

Postby James the Giant » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:05 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Tea on Retreats

Postby jonno » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Being British tea is not only a tradition but is also COMPULSORY :woohoo: Thich nhat hanh teaches the benefits of sharing tea with someone and to sip it mindfully. In my little sangha we have a simple tea ceremony after Zazen and we find the sharing a beautiful experience kind of a group mindfulness exercise. I would think that sipping a cup of tea mindfully would aid ones concentration and to be of benefit. It's not the tea that counts but rather the attitude with which it is drank. Add a tot of holy brandy and it will become even more meaningful. :tongue: namaste jonno

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Re: Tea on Retreats

Postby Chi » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:56 pm

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