Tea is a drink that has been around for centuries and it’s one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The earliest records of tea drinking date back to China about 5000 years ago.
In this blog post, we will look at the different types of teas that are available to Buddhists as well as the benefits and rules for each type. We will also explore some additional traditions associated with Buddhist tea drinking.
The practice of offering guests some form of refreshment when they visit (such as tea, fruits etc.) is deeply rooted in Buddhist culture and behavior, and continues to be practiced throughout Asia today.
In Buddhism, the Buddha encouraged his followers to abstain from drinking alcohol and drugs. This does not mean, however, that one should never drink anything; it is important to consume things in moderation. There are therefore some monks who drink tea for its calming properties, while others may not drink any tea.
What Types of Tea Are Consumed by Buddhist Monks?
In addition to traditional teas of a particular country, tea from other places is also popular with Buddhist monks. Green tea and oolong tea are two of the most popular types of tea for Buddhist monks. Green tea has a lot of
antioxidants which means it can help with things like inflammation and cancer prevention. Oolong Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis plant which produces caffeine; however the amount is less than coffee so it’s easier to digest for those who are sensitive to caffeine as well as being great for weight loss.
Interestingly enough, green tea consumption has been shown to contribute to
longevity – not only by providing anti-oxidants but also by increasing sensitivity to insulin or lower blood pressure, among other things.
Buddhist monks were found to have less risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity than non-Buddhists. One way they may be able to achieve this is through their
diet and meditative lifestyle activities like meditation, which contains components of stress reduction.
What Types of Tea Do Tibetan Buddhist Monks Drink?
According to a research paper published by Dr. Kalsang Shak of Switzerland, the tea Tibetan Buddhist monks drink can be considered herbal medicine.
Here are a few types of tea that he mentioned:
01. Tashi-Delek-Day Tea
Tashi-Delek-Day Tea not only entertains, but it’s also a great herbal remedy. It’s actually a blend of
twenty-six herbs that has been developed on the basis of Tibetan Buddhist medicine, which brings back the balance of the body’s psycho-physiological energies.
Mental health is strengthened by the tea’s medicinal properties. When there is a lot of work stress after continuous duty at the office or anywhere else, sipping this tea can cure the stress and improve spontaneity. It is also served occasionally at events or parties. Teshi-Dalek tea makes a person feel fresh and strong as well as relieves restlessness.
When you have
chronic indigestion, your digestive system does not separate the pure and impure nutrients as effectively as it should. A lack of adequate separation results in the constant production and accumulation of impurities that are referred to as nin-ma. Seruthang improves digestion and reduces the formation of this toxic sludge called nin-ma.
03. Datsen-Lady Tea
This tea is specifically created to be consumed
by females. A combination of 21 herbal ingredients makes Datsen-Lady Tea an effective remedy for a number of physical problems and stages of female development.
04. Meto-After Meals Tea
We all know that proper nutrition and a healthy digestive system are essential for a long and healthy life. Metro tea is made from about
33 fragrant herbs and is especially useful for digestion after a heavy meal at home or in a restaurant.
05. Gonka-Winter Tea
Gonka Tea is made with thirty different herbs to
soothe colds and phlegm during winter and rainy seasons. This tea is excellent for keeping your body warm as well as keeping it as balanced as possible.