The connection between Buddhism and nature is inseparable. Buddhism was born in nature in the sense that the ascetic Gotama, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment under a Bo tree in a forest on the bank of the Nerañjara River and he delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park. He spent quite a significant part of his life in natural surroundings. Nature is never absent from the four main events of the Buddha’s life: birth, Enlightenment, First Sermon and death. Moreover, he always appreciated nature and encouraged others to do the same.
The most significant instance that shows his attitude towards nature is the week he spent following his Enlightenment staring at the Bodhi tree out of appreciation for the tree that gave him shade during his struggle for final enlightenment. Buddhists consider this as a mark of his gratitude towards the tree. This example is just the first of its kind in Buddhist literature where we can find many other remarkable incidents. The Dhammapada records Buddha’s appreciation for the serenity of forests: “pleasant are the forests, where the ordinary person does not delight.” (Dhammapada: Verse 99)
This is the reason why natural surroundings are considered as a suitable location for meditation practice. In the teachings, we find that one is advised to find a forest or the foot of a tree or a secluded/empty place to practice meditation. For the meditator’s spiritual development, such places are helpful because of the quiet surrounding that helps their meditation practice. Thus we see that, the Buddha and his monastic disciples often spend their time doing meditation in the forest away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. 🌱source: https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/significance-of-nature-in-buddhism ✨ Art by Geoglyphiks.com 🎨