Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bodhi Trees

When you look through history, trees have very often been the focal point of enlightenment. So was the case with Newton and Buddha. I too have always had a Bodhi tree in my life where I could sit and wonder and often times find my own enlightenment.

My first Bodhi tree was a large sugar maple in the back yard of the home where I grew up. Later my tree of contemplation was a large oak tree in the middle of a hay field in the town where I grew up. Being in the open its branches spread out further than the height of the tree.

It is important that Bodhi trees are trees of age and substance. It should take at least two people to wrap their arms around Bodhi trees. They should also be in a private location where you can sit for hours and not be seen by neighbors or passers-by. Time spent under a Bodhi tree should be timeless and the ground beneath should be soft.

I had several Bodhi trees before the December 2007 storm. Those three windy days knocked them all down. I still have some large trees, but they aren’t in private locations where I can spend hours sitting beneath them without neighbors coming around to see if I need assistance.

If you have your own Bodhi tree, count yourself as most fortunate. When you lose your favorite tree you may be aimless and un-centered until you can find another.


Blogger Donna said...

I have more than one.

4:13 AM  
Blogger MissKris said...

I wish I could enlarge it to see it better, figure out whether I'm familiar with it or not. I love trees but I sure don't know the names of many outside of the basic oaks and pines and catch my drift. I think my favorite trees are the European Elms that are quite prevalent in my area of Portland. There's a huge one directly across the street from us and I can't tell you how many times I've rocked babies or daydreamed, staring out at it thru our big windows. Oh and in regards to needing some time away, I'll be heading for the beach for a weekend next month. I DO need some time!

4:33 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

It's just about impossible to find a Bodhi tree to sit under in privacy in the city. Must
"centre" myself via other means.
But at the cottage, there are many.

5:32 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I wish we had enough property that I could find a tree to sit under and not be seen. But being right in downtown redneck schluburbia here there's no privacy. I do enjoy spending time out under the couple of big maples in our yard. But I have to bring an ipod or something to drown out the neighborhood and street noise. It still works, just not as efficiently.

9:10 AM  
Blogger loopymamain06 said...

When I was young, there were two huge willow trees in our backyard, past them was the garden, and past that was 80 acres, one of the willows had a perfect spot for sitting. The spot was about eight feet up and had 4 large branches that spread outwards, in that nook i could read, eat freash veggies and dream across the fields. I don't care what anybody says about willow trees, they are beautiful.
da loop

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing what transcends between trees. As I sat under the canopy of my favorite tree, I overheard two nearby buddy trees talking. The subject of the conversation was a young sapling growing between them. They could not agree whether it was a beech tree or a birch tree. The argument grew quite heated and at that moment, a woodpecker landed nearby. Since the bird was an expert on trees, they asked him for his opinion. After a quick taste of the sapling, the bird stated, "That is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch but it is the sweetest piece of ash I have ever sunk my pecker into..."


9:55 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Roooolllllllls his eyes at Moose and giggles.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Bodhi tree???!!
Never heard of it.
Does it make good firewood?

10:01 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, thanks for the mention on your blog. I'm glad you were able to take it further.

Kris, there are lots of trees at the Coast.

There should always be trees at the cottage. A cottage without trees is a shed.

Darev, you really need to move back to Oregon.

Loopy, folks don't realize just how big willows can get in your climate. I saw many very big ones when I lived on the East Coast.

Moose...what can I say...funny bastard!

Gearhead, yeah, but first you'd have to go to India and beat up a bunch of monks to get at it.

5:34 AM  

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