Taipei, Taiwan – Bhikkhunis are always perfect to introducing their culture and improvements to the world as new concepts. This one also the same newly introducing. This is meditation with tea. Bhikkhunis Zen Meditation Tea. The story carrying of 02 Taiwanese Most Venerable Bhikkhunis (Buddhist Nuns) who live in Yangmingshan mountain, Taipei, Taiwan.
Tea Meditation is a practice that is over 900 years old! It originated in Japan and is included under the umbrella of Zen meditation. Zen meditation focuses essentially on insights into the mindfulness and nature of existence as beings. It is what most people picture of when thinking of meditation. It involves being completely present in each moment and aware of the uniqueness and briefness of these moments. More so, it focuses on the gratefulness for each moment and what is allowed to us in our beautiful lives.
Fist of all prepare the tea. Then the devotees or followers following the meditation with drinking the tea. It doesn’t make a difference how you choose to prepare your tea, which tea you choose, or what you choose to drink your tea out of; what matters is that you are completely present and aware in the moments that you are preparing your tea and that you give yourself completely to the process. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding, the Founder of Auspicious World Promoting the Physical and Mental Health Education also attended recently to take this experience.
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When all the animals were anxiously escaping from the fire, a bird was trying its best to save its family and home by putting out the fire. It carried the water from the lake with its peak and feathers and sprayed it upon the fire. After a few rounds going back and forth, it became extremely tired. This act of benevolence moves a divine being into sending rainfall to distinguish the fire. This story tells us that although we have limitation in our individual strength, there’s no boundary in our mind. Global warming has become almost irreversible; it is time to promote nutritious and healthy vegetarian food with the help of our mental power. We encourage all people to pray for the earth before every meal. Just as the bird that touches the heart of the divine being, our earth will be reborn because of our right efforts.
When we train the mind, it’s not just a question of using a meditation technique to bludgeon the mind into the present moment. If that’s our approach, the mind is going to start rebelling, finding ways of slipping around our defenses, because there are times when the meditation technique is right for the situation and times when it isn’t. The times when it isn’t: That’s when the mind is going to rebel if you single‐mindedly use just that one technique and don’t have other techniques or approaches up your sleeve as well.
Meditation is not just a question of technique. In training the mind, you have to remember there’s a whole committee in there. In the past the committee has had its balance of power, its likes and dislikes, and the politics among the various voices in your mind. Each of them has different tricks for pushing its agenda on the rest. So just as these defilements have lots of tricks up their sleeves, you as a meditator need to have lots of tricks up your sleeve, too.
One really basic trick is for when the mind says, “I’ve got to do this. I want to do that. I don’t want to meditate.” You’ve got to ask, “Well why?” And play kind of dumb, so that the mind really has to explain itself. It’s like lesson number one in any journalism class: If you really want to get a good interview out of people, you have to play dumb, ask stupid questions, so that they think they have to explain things to you very carefully. And oftentimes they reveal all kinds of things they wouldn’t have otherwise.
It’s the same with your own mind. When greed, anger, and delusion come into the mind, they usually barge in with a lot of force and expect to push you right over. So one thing you have to do is to ask, “Well, why? Why should we follow that? Why should we want instant gratification?” And there will be an “of course‐ness” to their answer the first time around. “Of course you want it this way. Of course you want it that way.” “Well why?” If you’re persistent in being block‐headed like this, all the defilements will start revealing themselves. You’ll see how shabby they are. You’ll be able to get around them more easily.
It’s like training a little child. Sometimes you have to be strict with the child, other times you have to offer rewards, patiently explain things. Other times you have to make up little games. In other words, you have to use your full psychology with the mind. But this time around you’re not using it for the purpose of deception, which is what the mind ordinarily does with itself. You’re using it for the purpose of truth and honesty, for what’s really in your own best interest.
What does the wandering mind do for you? It gives a little bit of instant gratification and then that gratification goes, with nothing left to show for itself. If you keep allowing this to happen, where are you going to pick up the skills you’ll really need when aging, illness, and death hit with full force? This is why the Buddha stressed the principle of heedfulness all the time. We can’t just spend our time sniffing the flowers and looking at the sky. There’s work to be done. When the mind is untrained, it causes us a lot of unhappiness. If the mind is well trained, if it’s more tractable, it can bring a lot of happiness our way.
In order for that to happen, you have to learn how to psyche yourself into the mood to meditate. Once it starts meditating and begins to see the results, it gets more willing and tractable—most of the time. Then there are times it starts rebelling all over again, totally irrationally. So you’ve got to sit down with it again, work things through with it again, to see exactly what issue got covered up the last time around and is only now getting exposed.
This is one of the ways in which you learn a lot about your defilements. It’s not that you have to wait for a totally solid concentration before you can see the defilements clearly. A lot of learning about the defilements lies in learning how to struggle with them as you bring the mind to stillness. When that’s the kind of mind you have, it’s a really good mind to live in. We live in physical places only for a certain amount of time but in our own minds all the time. Try to make the mind a good place to live so that, no matter what else happens outside, at least the mind is on proper terms with itself, not fighting itself, not doing stupid things that aren’t in its own best interest. Bhikkhunis Zen Meditation Tea.
After visit to Taipei, Taiwan
Official Photographs by Goh Bee Wah from Taipei, Taiwan