The Buddhist Arts of Tea in Medieval China
UCLA Fowler Museum presents a talk by James A. Benn on the role of Buddhism in the creation of Chinese tea culture.
Prior to the middle of the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE), tea was a beverage produced on a small scale and consumed locally by those who appreciated its refreshing and health-giving qualities. Beginning in the mid-8th century, it rose rapidly to become the drink of choice across the empire. James A. Benn, associate professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University, explores the role of Buddhist ideas, institutions, and practitioners in the promotion of tea drinking and the invention of a Chinese tea culture. Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a short reading and discussion with Jeff Wasserstrom on his new book on Hong Kong.