I Invented Tea

I Invented Tea

I made the trip
Grueling as it was in those days
From India to China
For the Buddha
[I yearned for a pure act of worship].

When I arrived
I cut off my eyelids and buried them
To devote myself
Entirely
In ceaseless contemplation.

My eyelids grew into the plant
When mixed with water
Produced tea
And the kind of alertness —

Mindfulness required.

That’s how I invented tea.

Bodhihdarma

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