TEA AND BUDDHISM
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 https://teajourney.pub/tea-and-buddhism/
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.