Who is Bodhidharma?
Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who is credited with bringing Buddhism to China. He is said to have lived in the 5th or 6th century. His teachings helped to create the Zen school of Buddhism.
Bodhidharma is also known for his famous “wall–gazing“ meditation technique, which is still practiced by Buddhists today.
Why Bodhidharma is often depicted as a tea pet?
Bodhidharma is the founder of Zen Buddhism and is traditionally depicted as a tea pet. There are several reasons for this.
First, Bodhidharma was said to have meditated for nine years without moving. And tea was said to have been his only sustenance during this time.
Second, tea is seen as a symbol of Zen Buddhism itself, as it is simple and unadorned yet can lead to enlightenment.
Finally, the practice of tea drinking is seen as an important part of Zen Buddhist practice, and Bodhidharma is seen as the father of this practice.