Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
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The Ginkgo tree is considered to be a “living fossil,” dating back to the Jurassic period. It was nearly extinct when Chinese Buddhist monks cultivated it in their mountain monasteries and preserved the species. It is revered as a wisdom figure for its longevity with a life span upwards of 1000 years. The oldest specimen in China is believed to be 3500 years old. It is the only living link between ferns and seed plants, ferns being one of the oldest groups of plants on Earth.
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