Zen proverb 43 : Shojusennennomidori


Hello! I am Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting. I’ll introduce a new Zen proverb. It is “Shojusennennomidori.”

“Shoju” means a pine tree.

“Sennnen” means a thousand year.

“Midori” means green color.

Pine trees keep their leaves green all year.

So we don’t notice it.

Cherry blossoms bloom all at once in April.

So we say “It’s beautiful! Let’s have a flower viewing party!”

Pine trees are not worth?

Pine trees push out fresh shoots and drop old brown leaves. So they keep green but we don’t realize.

Pine trees live strong. We should know it.