May 23, 2010
A Shaka-nyorai statue in Tokei-ji temple
In the clear and bright sunlight of early summer, among the flourishing leaves of Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides), a Shaka-nyorai statue is quietly sitting as if to meditate about the salvation for all living things.
When I found this statue shining gracefully in the sun, I had the illusion that I saw Buddha himself sitting here under a sacred pipal tree and experiencing his spiritual awakening.
The rusty colors of the robe, which might be caused by long and harsh rain, are marvelously harmonious with the quiet greennes of the surrounding leaves.
Soon the tiny violet flowers of Iwatabako will appear one after another from the shades of leaves and grace this statue beautifully.