July 2, 2017

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Like the transient twinkles of dewdrops in the clear morning sun, flowers bloom fleetingly and soon fall without any attachment.

The true nature of a flower, which always impresses me profoundly, consists of this transience.

A flower vanishes like a bubble on the water, which makes me notice the meaning of existence and the preciousness of non-attachment.

Every living thing is destined to occur and pass like the momentary haze of heated air.

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Engaku-ji

The exquisite colors of Ajisai flowers are generated and changed by the subtle chemistry between the abundant water of rain and the violet pigments of these flowers.

In our Buddhist culture, every flower implies the merciful words of Buddha which save the suffering soul of every living thing.

The rainy season ends soon and the long blistering summer arrives here to brighten up our world vividly.

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Japanese hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) : Engaku-ji

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Tokei-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla): Jochi-ji