There is a Buddhist legend involving the origin of tea.

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

The Legend

The legend begins with Bodhidharma sitting in a cave during a long meditation session.

It goes on to state that he had issues falling asleep during his meditation practice.

This inevitably caused a lot of stress for Bodhidharma, who became so frustrated that he ripped his own eyelids off to ensure he would no longer be able to fall sleep.

He then proceeded to throw his eyelashes onto the ground.

It’s said that upon falling to the ground, they then 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.