Rooted in our Ancestors, We Grow

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, Jun 20, 2019

We say in Hawaii, “I ulu no ka lala I ke kumu.”

The branches grow because of the trunk.

Without our ancestors we would not be here.

 

Dear Still Water Friends,

The above image is of a well-known American bonsai, Goshin, which means “protector of the spirit.” John Naka, father of American bonsai, was inspired by a forest shrine in Japan to create this in the late 1950’s. Each tree in the forest planting represents one of his grandchildren rooted in Californian soil. Over time the grouping grew from 7 to 11 trees mirroring the birth of new grandchildren.

In May and June, we celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Many of us bought cards for our mothers, grandmothers, aunts or a mother-like... Continued

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