The garden metaphor

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BlackBird
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The garden metaphor

Post by BlackBird » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:51 am

Hello friends and Venerable Sirs.

I am working with the garden metaphor.

(Planting seeds, tending to seeds, chipping away at the giant trees, weeding the garden of undesirable plants, planting the right seeds - just for starters)

Does anyone else here use this metaphor in evaluation? Can you share your experience if this is so.

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Re: The garden metaphor

Post by cooran » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:11 am

Hello BlackBird, all,

You may enjoy this teaching by Ayya Khema on The Meditative Mind which uses an extended garden metaphor.
http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/khe ... e_mind.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: The garden metaphor

Post by retrofuturist » Tue May 12, 2009 12:21 am

Greetings,

See also...

AN 3.33: Nidana Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: The garden metaphor

Post by Jechbi » Tue May 12, 2009 12:41 am

Off-topic, but here's another famous garden analogy: The Invisible Gardener. Shades of anatta?
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.

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Re: The garden metaphor

Post by Dhammanando » Tue May 12, 2009 1:49 am

  • "Therefore, bhikkhus, abandon what is unwholesome and devote yourselves to wholesome states, for that is how you will come to growth, increase, and fulfilment in this Dhamma and Discipline. Suppose there were a big sala-tree grove near a village or town, and it was choked with castor-oil weeds, and some man would appear desiring its good, welfare, and protection. He would cut down and throw out the crooked saplings that robbed the sap, and he would clean up the interior of the grove and tend the straight well-formed saplings, so that the sala-tree grove later on would come to growth, increase, and fulfilment. So too, bhikkhus, abandon what is unwholesome and devote yourselves to wholesome states, for that is how you will come to growth, increase, and fulfilment in this Dhamma and Discipline."
    (MN. 21)

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