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The Ethos of the Bamboo in the Chinese Psyche


When the Buddha Dhamma took root in ancient China, from around the 1st. Century B.C.E., the parable of the Sal tree was localized and transformed into the parable of the bamboo. This was primarily because the bamboo grew prolifically in China. Furthermore, the bamboo characteristically grew in clusters and epitomized the Buddha’s profound teaching of Samagga. Ever since, the ethos the bamboo embodied has been deeply etched in the Chinese psyche for people to diligently emulate, and benefit directly by doing so.