Friday, July 19, 2013

A Tea Story: The Drama of Bodhidharma.

A long, long, time ago, there was this monk named Bodhidharma who was so dedicated to his unpaid profession that he spent 9 years of his precious life meditating in a cave with his gaze fixed to a wall!  That’s right, 9 years!  I can’t even meditate for 5 minutes in my yoga class without losing focus and thinking about food, sex, money, or sex!  Did I say that already?  Back to the story…when year 7 rolled around, Bodhidharma was so exhausted and sleep-deprived that he began to lose concentration and started to doze-off.  Angry at himself for his lack of drive and control, he ripped-off his eyelids and threw them to the ground ensuring no way of ever falling asleep on the job again!  Wow!  I thought I had issues!  KIDS, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!  Stick with the Red Bull, you’ll be just fine!  Where the eyelids fell on the ground, sprouted a majestic tea tree.  Bodhidharma picked a few of the tea leaves and began to chew on them.  All of a sudden, he was sitting much taller, feeling alive and alert, but relaxed at the same time.  Hmmmmmmm…must be the slow-release of caffeine! ;)  This enabled Bodhidharma to go on and complete his meditation for the remainder of his 9 years and looking permanently shocked while doing so.  That’s the drama, of Bodhidharma.  The end.

Bodhidharma with tea!

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