Chi wrote:Just came back from a 3-month retreat at GAIA House. It was wonderful!
Awesome! How much did that cost? $$$
Chi wrote: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?
My mind is so full of defilements, so cutting out tea as a source of distraction, as you say, would remove about 0.003% of the distraction is my head.
Tea works for me as a mild stimulant, so I have a cup after lunch, so I don't fall asleep during afternoon meditation. I use tea as a tool to make my meditation better.