There are many reasons to drink tea — to relax, to wake up, and, as an increasing body of research suggests, for its many health benefits. Drinking tea can burn calories and prevent heart disease and some types of cancer, according to this recent Washington Post article, and that’s helping increase its popularity.
But tea also has a deep connection to Buddhist practice. In his new book The One Taste of Truth: Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea, William Scott Wilson looks at Japanese tea culture, its history, and its relationship to Zen. Bonnie Myotai Treace reviews Wilson’s in the May Shambhala Sun—you can get a taste of her review by clicking here, and you’ll find the entire thing inside the magazine.