October 29, 2011

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) leaves in Tokei-ji

As autumn deepens abruptly, these thick summer leaves of Iwatabako will begin to fall after fulfilling their duty.

The kanji text carved on the stone plate tells about the great mercy and wisdom of Soyen Shaku (1860-1919), who is one of the most notable Zen monk in modern Japan and is the first to introduce the philosophy and word of "Zen" in the West.

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