El-Branden Brazil

Photographer, Writer & Mystic Traveller

Zen Reflections

Whilst sitting with my Zen Master, something suddenly occurred to me:

Human life is exactly like a leaf on a tree. In Spring, it buds into existence. In Summer, it reaches its full potential, bright and green. In Autumn, it begins to lose it’s vibrancy, turning brown and falling to the ground below. In Winter, it decomposes and becomes one with the earth again.

This metaphor is perhaps obvious, but the difference is in how a human life and a leaf go through these changes. A leaf is without consciousness, and passes through the process of existing, very, very quietly and being what it simply is. Humans, by contrast, manifest great anguish as we grasp desperately to what will inevitably be lost. If only we could remain silent like a leaf, being the thing as it is, with the sweet clarity of Truth and without the grandiose delusions of self.

Leaves & Tiles At A Zen Temple

Photography by El-Branden Brazil

2 Responses to “Zen Reflections”

  1. nickwalser

    But surely the “Truth” is that people are often anxious and in pain as they go through changes: how is this less beautiful than a leaf falling?

    Reply
    • El-Branden Brazil

      We must surrender to our truth, in all its conditions both good and bad, and embrace it. Anxiety arises when we cannot accept things as they truly are. Just face to it.

      Reply

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