There is a Buddhist legend involving the origin of tea.

It involves Bodhidharma, the famous Indian monk who is well-known for spreading the Buddha’s teachings throughout the southern region of China.

The legend begins with Bodhidharma spending years meditating while facing a wall, but states that he had issues falling asleep during his meditation practice. This inevitably caused a lot of stress for Bodhidharma, who eventually became so frustrated that he ripped off his own eyelids to ensure he would no longer be able to fall sleep. He proceeded to throw them onto the ground. According to legend, his eyelids sprouted into tea plants, which were then consumed by monks in the nearby region, allowing them to stay awake during their meditative practices.

Although this legend is unlikely to be true, it does show the distinct importance of tea within Buddhist culture.