July 28, 2009

A sacred lotus flower in Kencho-ji temple

As the heat and sunlight of summer increase, the number and variety of flowers reduce rapidly. In this period of intense heat, numerous sacred lotus flowers flourish beautifully in the gardens of the temples and shrines of Kamakura.

Sacred lotus flowers grow and bloom bravely on the surface of a muddy water. Thus, in Asia, this flower symbolically represents the noble and brave manner of living in our impure world.

In the thought of Buddhism, a sacred lotus flower is the flower of Buddha and symbolizes his promised land of happiness.

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