September 6, 2010

A Byakusin (Chinese juniper) tree in Kenchou-ji

Byakusin trees are planted as the symbol for the spiritual cultivation of Zen Buddhism in the gardens of Zen temples.

This old tree is one of the Byakusin trees which have grown up from the seeds planted when this Kencho-ji temple was founded in 1253.

The vigorous twisted trunk and the evergreen needles of this tree symbolize the principle of a zen trainee monk who persistently continues to improve themselves for achieving spiritual enlightenment.

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