June 24, 2011

A Nyoirinkannon-Bosatsu statue in the garden of Engaku-ji

The temple-bell-shaped flowers of Hotaru-bukuro (Campanula punctata) are blooming modestly by the side of the aged stone image of Nyoirinkannon-bosatsu in the quiet green garden.

Hotaru-bukuro means "a firefly bag" and its flower is one of the typical flowers of this rainy season when fireflies glow in the night.

The characteristic posture of Nyoirinkannon-bosatsu, in which he rests a cheek on a hand, represents his infinite merciful thinking for the ultimate salvation of all living things.

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