August 31, 2012

A Byakusin (Juniper) tree in Kencho-ji

The sturdy and rugged bark of the old Byakusin (Chinese juniper) tree always reminds me of the mind of an enlightened person.

The seedling of this juniper tree is said to have been planted by the founder of this Zen temple about 760 years ago.

A Byakusin tree grows steadily without haste and never loses its evergreen leaves even in the cruelest winters.

The nature of this tree symbolizes the sincere and pure attitude of the Zen trainee monks who are in pursuit of their spiritual enlightenment.

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