Are Trees Sentient?

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Some people believe trees to be sentient beings. Like for example the beautiful old oak that’s stood for hundreds of years. What must those trees have seen? Certain religious groups use trees as energy points believing them to possess magical healing powers but what actually makes them sentient?  In Buddhism, sentient beings are beings with consciousness, sentience, or in some contexts life itself. Sentient beings are composed of the five aggregates, or skandhas: matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness. Trees according to Buddhism, are qualitatively different from humans and sentient nonhumans, in that they are certainly alive, but they don’t have interests or the ability to learn from experience.  A tree may react to sunlight, water, the changing seasons and other stimuli etc but that does not necessarily mean it’s sentient.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Let’s have a conversation! – Are trees sentient beings? If so why?

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A Gift From the 17th Floor

“You wouldn’t catch me going up in that lift” they said. “Being so high up, anything could happen” they said – and they’re right!

Some see life through my eyes as terrifying, they’ve even said it to my face.  What a gift it is though, to be living on the 17th floor.  Standing on my balcony, the view is incredible and they’re so right – anything could indeed happen.  Not only can I see the whole of the city & further, an abundance of trees present too many shades of green to even count. image As spring approaches, peregrine falcons take flight after hatching their young, and circle in the distance in search of pigeons separated from their group. Sometimes I hold my breath as they come right outside my window.  At night, glistening jewels that are street lights & houses, dominate the landscape taking me on a journey of wild imagination but not until my mind & body have bathed in the image of fiery orange/yellow sunsets.

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