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The maple tree sits between Kwan-Yin and the Buddha.  What is this maple?  What is it made of?  Where did it come from?

The maple tree is made of non-maple tree elements.  If you look closely you can see the water and soil.  The water came from rain from a cloud.  The cloud came from the ocean and lakes and rivers.  It may have been in a glacier for millions of years before it entered the river.  The soil is made of many non-soil elements and has sand and rock and leaves and dead animals as well as air and water.  The sun is in there also.  The seed from a maple tree was once present in a maple seed form and manifested from other maples when the conditions were right.  If you look closely you can see the people who planted the maple and cared for it.  

Michael liked maple trees and planted this tree at his home in Pennsylvania about 10 or 15 years ago.  He tended to it and watered and trimmed it to keep it small.  There were probably 50 other maple trees he planted and took care of.  

Our friend Michael became quite ill at an early age and eventually conditions were no longer present for him to continue living.  A couple years after that his partner Karen one day sent out a request for people to come to their house and get Michael’s maple trees.  She couldn’t take care of them all.

We drove up to Pennsylvania and dug up 5 or 6 trees and brought them home and planted them.  That was about 4 years ago.  Now we have large maples that are probably 100 years old and younger small maples like this one.

If you look closely and take your time breathing in… and breathing out…. you can see Michael is part of the maple tree and that the maple like all trees is made of non-tree elements.  The sun and rain and clouds and soil and many other elements and conditions are right and the maple continues on.