Namaste all, i was thinking about symbols. specifically, tree symbols as was being disucssed on another thread. it seems that many traditions have a tree in their symbology, usually this tree is a symbol of the life process for the tradition in question. what is the purpose, in your opinion, of using a tree rather than another plant or geographical feature, such as a river or mountain? in the Buddhist tradition, interestingly enough, our symbol isn't a tree... it's a wheel. rather like that of the Taoists, in most respects. the wheel of life it was it's known as. perhaps... the difference in the symbols represents a fundamental difference in how we view the world?