In an ancient village in eastern China, a small gathering of people gathered around a candle to share stories of their elders who were ill or dying.
A local woman, who was in the midst of a fever, was so affected by the stories that she became obsessed with her illness and lost control of herself.
She began to drink the tea that had been given to her by the elders and soon died of it.
In the village of Wuxi, about 60 kilometres from Shanghai, another story has been told since the middle of the 20th century.
It’s about the story of a man who became a monk, and whose life changed forever.
The man’s name was Zhao Hui, and he spent the rest of his life in a monastery where he had been for almost three decades.
He had become obsessed with the healing properties of tea and the spiritual power of the ancient art of tea making, and the monks and their families were able to find a way to give him a cure for his chronic illness.
He died in 1881.
He was given a glass of a green tea made from the leaves of a tree that grows in the mountains near the village.
It was made from a special blend of tea leaves that are prized for their healing properties.
He drank it, and began to feel better.
Then the monks started to question his ability to heal himself.
They discovered that he was still able to taste the tea, and they found out that the tea had a strong medicinal effect on the body.
But there was another ingredient that was very difficult to understand, because it had nothing to do with tea and everything to do, as we say, with a medicine that was extracted from the roots of a medicinal tree.
What did the tea do?
The answer was something quite amazing.
Zhao Hsiang, the man who had been cured by tea, died suddenly in 1885.
He left behind a remarkable legacy.
He became the first monk in China to have a son and two daughters, and in fact, Zhao Hao became the founder of the Linji monastery, the oldest monastic institution in the world.
The Linji Monastery is still the most important institution in Linji, and today it’s one of the oldest and most prestigious monasteries in China.
But it was the tea he drank that helped him heal and to reach the highest levels of enlightenment, and it’s the story that we all owe to him.
When Zhao Hsun died, his story was told around the world and in countless Chinese films, novels, poems and stories.
He is still revered today, and there are stories about him that we still know about today.
Zhao Shun is a PhD student in the Department of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of Sydney.
He co-authored The Art of Tea with Professor Alan G. Seltzer.
Follow her on Twitter: @zseltzer