Anchored By Skilful Roots

'Anchored By Skilful Roots' (B&W)

 

“If you compare your mind to a tree, you want to have deep roots, widespread roots, healthy roots, the kinds of roots that will keep the tree from getting blown over and killed.” — Thanissaro Bhikkhu, 2003.

 

 


Anchored By Skilful Roots

Three trees growing in close proximity have eventually become one. There was gale blowing when I took the photo below and I was reminded of the following quote –

“When life doesn’t go as you like, it’s like a storm coming onto the mind, and you need to develop your powers of resilience. If you compare your mind to a tree, you want to have deep roots, widespread roots, healthy roots, the kinds of roots that will keep the tree from getting blown over and killed.

Traditionally, the Buddha talked about roots for the mind. There are unskillful roots and skillful roots. The unskillful roots are greed, anger, and delusion. The skillful ones are lack of greed, lack of anger, lack of delusion. Unskillful roots are like rotten roots. They don’t hold your tree up and they don’t give you much nourishment. So those are not the roots you want to depend on. The roots you want to send out are roots based on lack of greed, lack of anger, lack of delusion.” [1]

 

'Anchored By Skilful Roots' (B&W)

‘Anchored By Skilful Roots’

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Notes

[1] Thanissaro Bhikkhu, ‘Anchored By Skilful Roots’, in ePublished Dhamma Talks : III, Access To Insight,
2003, p 2. (PDF File)

Image Details

Location: Windermere, Cumbria, UK
Camera: Sony Ericsson SK17i Xperia Mini Pro
Date: 03 Dec 2014
Image Processing: Picasa & Snapseed



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