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The black oak is a bodhisattva

Simply by existing, it serves many others. For human beings, the work of the bodhisattva is a path of kindness, the choice to serve others as a way of life.

8/5/2019 Summer 2019
Ceanothus silk moth on the trunk of a California black oak tree

“This black oak in the hills above Napa Valley serves the many beings that wander into its chamber in search of food and shelter.” (© Phil Schermeister/National Geographic Image Collection/Getty Images)