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Offline coco

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What's the deal with tea?
« on: August 14, 2015, 05:01:02 am »
I am an avid coffee-drinker, and a new-ish member of the Buddhist community.

I think the ones who practice the precepts abstain from coffee, as they would find it falls under the fifth precept.

First of all, is this accurate?

Secondly, I think they know that tea leaves naturally contain caffeine.

Hmmm...(head scratch)

Or is it more/different than that?

I'm just curious  :)

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Re: What's the deal with tea?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2015, 07:38:52 am »
Caffeine as contained in coffee and tea was not considered an intoxicant during the Buddha's lifetime --- intoxicants, as it relates to the 5th precept, are related to substances that can cause one to act recklessly, utterly unconcerned about the consequences of one's action. 

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Re: What's the deal with tea?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2015, 05:53:52 am »
Right...that makes sense.

So at the center I go to, there is a kettle and tea bags for consumption, but no coffee.  Is tea just groovier?

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Re: What's the deal with tea?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2015, 07:48:55 am »
I wouldn't consider coffee an intoxicant...although I would be very cranky without it. LoL
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Re: What's the deal with tea?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2015, 10:58:47 am »
So at the center I go to, there is a kettle and tea bags for consumption, but no coffee.  Is tea just groovier?

No, "trendier" would be a better description  :wink1:

 


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