February 13, 2010

Magnolia buds in Engaku-ji temple

In the small garden of "Butsu-nichi-an" (the hut for the days of faith in Buddha), the numerous buds of white magnolia are steadily growing toward their simultaneous bloom.

Lu Xun, a prominent novelist of modern China, gifted this white magnolia tree to D.T.Suzuki in remembrance of their honorable friendship.


Anonymous said...

Lovely photos, deep thoughts! Especially thank you for sharing the quote about the stream and the white cloud, have been carrying that one with me in my heart for days now!

all the very best!

Kunihiko said...

Dear Mariane,

Thank you for your warm comment and interest in my blog, which is a great encouragement for me.

I think the absolute freedom of spirit is the final goal of Zen. In Japan, wandering Zen monks are called "Un-sui" and this means "clouds and streams."

With best wishes.

Mariane said...

Dear Kunihiko,

thank you for your answer, I am glad you feel encouraged, please be!
and also for the explanation on the wandering monks as streams and clouds, very interesting...

I find your blog very beautiful and your project is really interesting. I think the utlimate freedom of spirit the only true goal to strive for. So thank you once again for sharing this journey!

best wishes

Kunihiko said...

Dear Mariane:

Thank you heartily again for your warm comment and support to my photolog.

I am very happy to know that you enjoyed my photos and texts about the seasonal stories of the garden of Zen.

May all living things be happy!

Best Wishes,