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The 5-Branched Fig Tree

A group in Manchester has been studying some esoteric Cambodian texts. One of these, the Five Branched Fig Tree, relates how we are conceived and then develop five branches: head. arms and legs. It says that our bodies are a 5-branched embodiment of the abhidhamma, the "flesh of the dhamma"; as the Buddha said "in this fathom-long body is the arising and ceasing of the world." This is something to think about! We have in us constantly the 7 books of the abhidhamma, which is an amazing opportunity.

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