March 30, 2011

Sakura (Prunus × subhirtella) blossoms in Tokei-ji

The long-awaited flowering season has just begun and the fresh lively colors of spring set about decorating the gardens of Zen splendidly.

The pale pink flowers of Sakura which bloom gracefully and fall all too soon symbolize the traditional life philosophy of the Japanese people, which sets much value on the non-attachment to our earthly existence.

All things must pass away through the law of nature.

These graceful flowers of spring bloom and fall swiftly and so we gratefully respect the transient but elegant beauty of them.

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