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A Zen View of Nature as Buddha, Dharma Teacher, and Sangha

 The relationship between Buddhism and nature stems first from Buddha's life and teachings. The Buddha’s experience of awakening in the forest and the Bodhi tree became a sacred symbol in Buddhism. The first Buddhist communities were forest dwellers and monks initially lived under trees in nature. The Buddha said, “there is no spot on the ground where men had not died and therefore every part of nature will be endowed with a spirit, these will be the spirits of the trees, the mountains and the water…” 

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MeditationNicole Porter
Forest Bathing: Do I Bring a Towel?

The healing way of Shinrin-yoku (森林浴), or Forest Therapy, and is the medicine of simply being in the forest. The term Shinrin-yoku means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” Forest Bathing was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing

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