The Tea Ceremony

“What is the unborn?” my teacher asked me.

“Not different; not the same,” I answered pointing
to his tea bowl.

He smiled and looked away.

“Was that the right answer?” I asked

“I forgot. What did you say?”

I placed my bowl down with great care and bowed to it.

He lifted his and spat in it. “Quite so. Quite so!” I said. He chuckled and offered me his tea to drink.

Commentary: words are cheap. It’ easy to say tea is no different than the unborn.
But is tea the same as saliva? Would you drink a cup of another’s saliva?


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