Zen Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China and has been practiced in Japan for many centuries. Zen emphasizes meditation and mindfulness as a means of achieving calm, insight and awareness. Zen Buddhist monks have used Matcha for centuries as a way to increase their concentration and attention during meditation. Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can have a calming and de-stressing effect on the body, which is ideal for meditation.
Also the tea ceremony, known as "chanoyu", is an important part of Zen practice. Matcha is used in the tea ceremony as a way to find balance and harmony, and the preparation and drinking of Matcha is considered a meditative and spiritual practice. In Zen Buddhism, Matcha is associated with simplicity, purity and tranquility.
1. Samurai Warriors and Matcha
Matcha also has a strong connection to the samurai warriors of Japan. The samurai warriors often used matcha as a way to increase their energy and concentration before battle, and it was also used as part of their ceremonies and rituals. Matcha was considered a strong drink that gave samurai warriors strength and courage to fight.