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Lola in black and white. (Photo by me)

Buddhism & Our Growth & Gratitude

Grass and trees cannot grow without soil,

The ‘soil’ that fosters our growth includes our parents, teachers, seniors,

Or homeland, alma mater, community or company,

In any case, everyone has some place where they grew up or someone who nurtured them,

Human beings grow as a result pf nurturing ‘soil’ in which they express their ability and make the flowers of their lives blossom,

Just as the spirit of the rice plant returns to the soil and the stalk sprouts to flower and bear grain once again,

We should repay our debts of gratitude to the soil in which we developed,

This cycle of repaying gratitude will envelop one’s whole existence,

Your true humanity will never blossom if you seek only to develop yourself.

(Credit Daisaku Ikeda for the philosophy)

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