June 23, 2010

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers in Tokei-ji temple

By the side of the statue of Buddha, the pentacle violet flowers of Iwatabako are bashfully showing their small faces from between the dazzling green leaves in the bright sunshine.

This hand gesture (Mudra or "Inzo") of Buddha is called "Yogan-in." This helping hand sign declares his infinite mercy to all living things in this universe and means that he grant the sincere wishes of all living things and save them from suffering.

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