Remembering my Dharma Sister Venerable Konghuan with loving-kindness and fond memories. Shifu Konghuan lived and practice at the monastery, MABA, where I ordained in 1999. I am happy to have shared time with her over the years. Venerable Konghuan was a sincere practitioner who was filled with kindness and joy. You will be missed Venerable Konghuan!
forest practitioners throughout the ages, inclusive of buddha shakyamuni and milarepa of tibet, though not using 21st century language, have often realized what science is now researching in japan and south korea. this new science in japan is known as shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing – also called “forest therapy”.
though not inclusive of all that realized masters teach and practice, the value of practicing “forest bathing”, assists in relaxing and healing both body and mind.
when considering the buddha dharma teachings and practices of essence mahamudra, dzogchen, and chan, the integration “forest therapy” in light of the benefits of solitary forest retreat practice seems evident.
the following article documenting the scientific research from japan is well worth reading:
wilderness happenings and views here
manifestations and seasons
rising and falling
“Samsara is like a poisonous thorn
In the flesh – if not pulled out,
The poison will increase and spread.
The coming of death is like a shadow
Of a tree at sunset – it turns
Fast and none can halt it.
When the time arrives, what else
Can help you but the holy Dharma?” (Milarepa)