July 6, 2009

A Byakusin (Sabina chinensis) tree in Kecho-ji temple

A "Byakusin" tree is a typical and essential tree of the temples of Zen Buddhism. According to the teaching of old zen teachers, the unhurried and continuous growth of a Byakusin tree symbolises the gradual and ever-progressing process of the spiritual enlightenment in Zen Buddhism.

The gate shown in this picture is a gate to one of the Zazen training facilities of this Kenchou-ji temple.

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