New blog piece on Tea and Buddhism published in Tea Journey magazine



This new blog piece looks at the history of tea and Buddhism — I hope you find it fun and intriguing. It explains how cha spread across the world as Buddhism took tea by land into so many regions and the word te as the Dutch and British took it by sea.

Here’s the link

Buddhism created the entire base of tea growing. The British created its merchandising.

The article briefly mentions the role of Portugal, that first brought tea to Europe — they adopted ‘cha’ fifty years before the Dutch and a century ahead of the English.

In the West, we tend to compartmentalize Buddhism and even trivialize it. It was and still is dynamic in so many dimensions: social, political, trade, educational, and even military. The story I sketch in the blog is fascinating and evocative.

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Peter Keen has been a professor at leading universities across the world, including Harvard, MIT and Stanford in the US and in Singapore, The Netherlands, Mexico and UK. He is the author of over thirty books on the links between business innovation and technology. Peter was born in Singapore, brought up in England and now lives in Virginia in the US. Peter loves tea and loves writing. His latest book, Tea Tips: A Guide to Finding and Enjoying Tea was published in February 2017.


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