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Bamboo forest

Bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. The word bamboo comes from the Kannada term bambu, which was introduced to English through Malay.


CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

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A - F[edit]

Bamboo has long been a subject dear to the heart of the Chinese painter... - Fritz van Briessen
My instrument there is simply bamboo. The sound is straight from nature and it connects me to nature.
Kinhyōshi yōrin (Yang Lin), hero of the Suikoden, holding a bamboo hat. From Utagawa Kuniyoshi's series of woodblock prints illustrating the 108 Suikoden - We explored the process of taking raw bamboo and turning it into a textile, but it requires the use of very strong solvents. - Josh Fairchilda.

G - L[edit]

Painting Bamboo, by Xu Wei, Ming Dynasty - Bamboo was one of the ‘four gentlemen’, its sturdy and straight qualities of painting representing the honest and upright official. The ability to quote lines of poetry relating to bamboo—and even more so to quote a poem on bamboo that quotes other poems on bamboo, and to explain the attendant allusions, is the province of a cultured man.- Jamie Greenbaum
Bamboo forest - Ordinarily, when he thought back upon those days, let alone upon his student years and the Bamboo Grove, it had always been as if he were gazing from a cool, dull room out into broad, brightly sunlit landscapes, into the irrevocable past, the paradise of memory. - Hermann Hesse.
...She arrives on the night of a full autumn moon, wearing a traveler's hat and grasping a branch of bamboo, a symbol of female frenzy. In an emotion-filled dance,...Sakamaki Kogyo.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Our marketing plan is changing immensely because of what's going on in the world. I want to stress how hybrid and how eco-friendly we are - the natural stones and the bamboo flooring.
  • Bamboo was one of the ‘four gentlemen’, its sturdy and straight qualities of painting representing the honest and upright official. The ability to quote lines of poetry relating to bamboo—and even more so to quote a poem on bamboo that quotes other poems on bamboo, and to explain the attendant allusions, is the province of a cultured man.
  • After dreaming of its famous bell, a grieving mother seeks her lost child at Mii Temple. She arrives on the night of a full autumn moon, wearing a traveler's hat and grasping a branch of bamboo, a symbol of female frenzy. In an emotion-filled dance, the woman begs the priests to let her ring the bell, which is represented on stage by a miniature construction. At its sound, the child recognizes his mother immediately.
  • summer night —
    blossoming in the pond,
    water-lilies and stars
a leaflet about
behaviour on the streets —
the wind feels it all over
autumn wind...
I yearn for the place
from where it blows
bamboo stems —
their memories
of the sun
icy beach
a child treads upon
broken bits of seashells
murmuring surge
mussel shells
slightly open
hazel catkins
in the mizzling rain...
a long, long dream
autumn storm
a cormorant sits
on the throne of winds
river mist
barges transport coal
in both directions
autumn dusk
a cat rubs its shadow
against fishermen's legs.
  • Bamboo salt is a specially processed salt according to the traditional recipe using normal salt and bamboo...the bamboo salts are mainly ingested for health of the human body because bamboo-salts that are produced through the several processes give the decrease in toxicity and the conversion of acidity into strong alkalinity compared to sun-dried salts. The production process of bamboo-salts ordinarily is as follows: stamping inside bamboo hardens the sun-dried salt; it is baked at about 800 degrees centigrade for 8-10 hours in a kiln, resulting in a lump of salt through bamboo’s resin soaking into sun-dried salt; the hump is powdered; repeatedly stamped inside bamboo and baked, especially at about 1000 to 1500 degrees centigrade of higher temperature lastly.

M - R[edit]

The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends.

To be sure god exists in all things. God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole
  • To be sure god exists in all things. God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
  • The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same.
    • Garr Reynolds in: "The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides", p.70

S - Z[edit]

...It’s like in old Japanese paintings – if you were to paint a bamboo forest, you should be able to find its essence with only three strokes.
While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the remaining six species are omnivorous, with largely varied diets including both plants and animals.
The body of bamboo in repose should resemble a jade dragon; the form of a bamboo with a dancing appearance should be golden phoenix turning its body. - Zhang Tuigong.
  • With bamboo poles we prodded the snake at the head and tail, standing by with the nooses, ready to slip them on when he stirred sufficiently. Before he realized what was happening, we had the head-noose over him.
...You became a flute to Lord Krishna
Became a cradle to the new born
You became a thing of racing toy....
  • Goddess of Bamboo
    Who's there that you don't reach out?
    When you were young
    You gave us the rice during the famine
    When you grew up
    You grew as tall as the mountain itself
    Though you stayed at the bottom
    You became a flute to Lord Krishna
    Became a cradle to the new born
    You became a thing of racing toy
    for the playful children
    You became the storage can
    for the food grains
    During the off season
    you became a storage room
    You became a celebration
    as the pillar of the wedding pendal
    You became the excitement
    During the dance of the Nandi-Kolu
    You became the roof for the entire village
    You became a blowing tube for the stove
    When my grandparents became weak
    you became the supporting stick
    You became a paddle for the boatman
    You became a beautiful basket in the hands of the artisan
    When man wanted to climb up
    You became a ladder
    When man was but a dead body
    You became the the platform to carry him to heaven.
...Feng Shui practitioners recommend putting bamboo plants in the front of your home to assure long life for all those who dwell there...
  • The first thing that I remember that made me realize we're in trouble, in the distance I saw something way up in the air and I couldn't figure out what it was but as he came closer on the horse I realized what it was. It was a head. He had it on a bamboo pole. A head on a bamboo pole. When I saw that, you know, I figured we were in big trouble.
  • A gentlemen is comparable to bamboo because of their similar virtues. What people may describe and paint are only the form, the color and the type of bamboo; what neither description nor painting can encompass are the virtues for which bamboo stands. Bamboo stems are hollow, empty hearted, standing for the virtue of humbleness... Bamboo's joints (jie), which are evenly spaced, and hence represent the mean, are clear-cut (zhen) like the virtue of chastity.
  • The body of bamboo in repose should resemble a jade dragon; the form of a bamboo with a dancing appearance should be golden phoenix turning its body.
    • Zhang Tuigong in: Shane McCausland, Mengfu "Zhao Zhao Mengfu: Calligraphy and Painting for Khubilai's China", p.312
  • In former times, in Japan, very simple things make men happy. Moon right on fish pond at certain moment. Cricket singing in bamboo grove. Very small things bring very great feeling. Japan a little island country, must make do with very near nothing. Not like endless China, not like U.S.
  • Larry Abraham has traveled throughout the world (including low-profile trips behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains). He has lectured extensively, and he has written scores of articles and another book, Call It Conspiracy, exposing the power, the ploys, and the grand design of the real rulers of the Establishment...in both the East and the West.
    • W.W. "Chip" Wood in: Larry H. Abraham: The Greening, The Lawful Path

Be like the bamboo: 7 lessons from the Japanese forest[edit]

The forests that surround the village there in Nara, Japan are filled with beautiful bamboo trees. In Japan, the symbolism of the bamboo plant runs deep and wide and offers practical w:Lessonslessons for life and for work.
Giant bamboo forest

Japanese forest in: :Be like the bamboo: 7 lessons from the Japanese forest, Presentation Zen, 23 July 2010

  • The bamboo sway with even the slightest breeze. This gentle swaying movement with the wind is a symbol of humility. Their bodies are hard and firm and yet sway gently in the breeze while their trunks stay rooted firmly in the ground below. Their foundation is solid even though they move and sway harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it.
  • In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don't-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for success whether we're talking about bamboo trees, answering tough questions in a Q&A session, or just dealing with the everyday vagaries of life.
  • The body of a single bamboo tree is not large by any means, but the plants endure cold winters and extremely hot summers and are sometimes the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a typhoon. They may not reach the heights of the other trees, but they are strong and stand tall in extreme weather. Bamboo is not as fragile as it may appear, not by a long shot.
  • Remember that we must be careful not to underestimate others or ourselves based only on old notions of what is weak and what is strong. You may not be from the biggest company or the product of the most famous school, but like the bamboo, stand tall, believe in your own strengths, and know that you are as strong as you need to be.
  • Be always ready. Unlike other types of wood which take a good deal of processing and finishing, bamboo needs little of that. As the great Aikido master KenshoFuruya says in Kodo: Ancient Ways, "The warrior, like bamboo, is ever ready for action." In presentation or other professional activities too, through training and practice, we can develop in our own way a state of being ever ready.
  • Bamboo is a symbol of good luck and one of the symbols of the New Year celebrations in Japan. The important image of snow-covered bamboo represents the ability to spring back after experiencing adversity. The bamboo endured the heavy burden of the snow, but in the end it had to power to spring back as if to say "I will not be defeated."

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