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April 13, 2004


I never picked up a taste for coffee (except for coffee ice cream), and only occasionally flirt with herbal tea, but ordinary tea has a lot to commend it: the aroma induces in me the same peaceful state of mind that you describe, and the caffeine level is about half that of coffee.

However, I drink 6 to 8 cups a day.

Brian you left out a third group of meditators that go cold turkey every morning without fortification of any kind.

Isaac, your tea habit is remarkably similiar to my wife's. She makes her own secret blend of green and black tea and drinks as much as you do. This is indeed a third option to bland herbness and wired caffeiness.

Randy, I believe that those who can meditate "without fortification", no tea or coffee, don't need to meditate. Their detachment from all things liquid clearly is a reflection of Buddha-nature. Though jet lag can be an excuse, this morning I proved that it is possible to fall asleep even with a strong cup of Kona coffee (though I like to think I reached a state of unconscious superconsciousness).

I was wondering what Simon M. is up to these days--any yoga retreats coming up? So I "Googled" him and saw your site. Those coffee comments are so Simon. He used to have Nescafe in the wee hours when he was living in a monastery (I think) in India (?). So, coffee has maybe always gone hand-in-hand with his early-morning meditation. Maybe the jewel in the lotus is really a coffee bean...

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