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    The Tree Branch

    When I was a young boy I was a walker. Even if none of my friends were around I would go outside just simply walking. Not with a goal in mind of playing or going to a destination, just simply walking. Walking out and around the neighborhood and then home thousands of times.

    I remember one day walking in the woods next to my neighborhood. I remember crawling out onto a Tree's branch that stretched out over a river. The smell of winter was in the air. Fall was dying and giving birth to the new season. I sat on that big branch leaning against one of this Tree's many other branches. I sank deeper and deeper into the moment. For the first time in my life...stillness...silence...space. The "I" fell away...thus.

    I sit on the branch, the sound of water below me, gentle breeze fill my ears. A single snowflake dancing in front of my eyes. I followed the snowflake....followed the snowflake...the snowflake...snowflake...____________________...

    I shivered as the air grew cold...The cold air shivered.
    I sat upon the branch...The branch sat upon me.
    The sky opened up, thousands of snowflakes fell...and only one snowflake fell.

    Emptiness...

    And though I could have sat there, always sitting, forever. I stood up, and walked home for the first time after so many times.

    Let go of the "snowflake"...

    I don't think I could ever really put into words, but I wrote the best I could...

    In the many moments that came and passed after that moment, I found Buddhism, I found zen, I found our practice.


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    Senior Member Joyo's Avatar
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    That's awesome, Bobby!!!

    Gassho,
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    Such timeless moments are wondrous!

    Lovely branch, feeling the cold air here.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Hello,

    Thank you.


    Gassho,
    Edward
    Practice with humility, respect all beings, avoid attachments, give rise to prajña from your own awareness, put an end to delusions - Hui-neng

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    Wonderful Bobby, thank you. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen



    If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
    ~ Dogen Zenji

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    Beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    Gassho,
    Chelsea

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    Thank you

    Gassho
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    P.S. Yup, I know, my English sucks

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    By the way, a post on another thread reminds us that no single moment, no matter how precious and life changing, is "It" ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...l=1#post119310

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    By the way, a post on another thread reminds us that no single moment, no matter how precious and life changing, is "It" ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...l=1#post119310

    Gassho, J
    Thank you very much for sharing this Jundo

    Gassho
    Bobby

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