Tree Meditation with Thích Nhất Hạnh

What you are looking for?

Like:  happiness, peace, joy?

They are all in the present moment.

 

The Pureland of the Buddhist must be found in the present moment.

The Kingdom of Heaven, of the Catholics, of the Protestants, should also be found in the present moment.

 

Look at the tree — is a wonderful thing, a tree.

A tree is very beautiful.

A tree, to me, is as beautiful as a cathedral.

Even more beautiful.

 

There are times when I stand before a tree with the deepest respect.

I look into the tree and I saw the whole cosmos in it.

 

I saw the sunshine in the tree.

Can you see the sunshine in the tree?

Yeah, because without a sunshine no tree can go.

 

I see a cloud in the tree.

Can you see?

Without a cloud there cannot be a no rain.

No tree.

 

I see the earth in the tree.

I see everything in the tree.

 

So the tree is where everything in the cosmos come into.

And the cosmos reveal itself to me in the tree.

Therefore to me a tree is a cathedral.

And I can take refuge in the tree.

And I can get nourished by the tree.

 

The tree belong to the Kingdom of God.

The tree belong to the Pureland.

And I can get in touch with the tree only if i go back to the present moment.

Because the tree can only be found in the present moment.

 

And that is why in and out is so important.

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