November 3, 2014

Autumn leaves: Kaizo-ji

The vivid colors of autumn are gradually coming back to the garden of Zen after a lapse of one year.

As coldness increases bit by bit, the leaves of all deciduous trees are changing colors beautifully to prepare for their scattering in winter.

Before my eyes, the cycle of life is revolving ceaselessly and quietly.

Fallen leaves: Jochi-ji

The fallen leaves are protectively embraced in the tangled thread-like green leaves. 

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji

The whole body of a bamboo grove is a unitary life-form, which continues its constant and rapid growth determinedly without any decline.

The ever-changing beauty of a bamboo grove, which I find in all seasons, must derive from the amazing vital force of this tireless plant.

Seitaka-awadachiso (Solidago altissima) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Japanese Oak Silkmoth: Engaku-ji

A beautiful silk-moth is tightly clinging to the stone image of Nyoi-rin-kannon as if to ask for teachings and protection from this deity of mercy.

"Nyoi" stands for the precious orb which brings wisdom and happiness and "Rin" means the chakra which smashes any earthly desire. Nyoi-rin-kannon hold these divine belongings to bring salvation for all living things.

Shumeigiku (Anemone hupehensis var. japonica) flowers: Tokei-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis) flowers: Tokei-ji

Stone bridge: Jochi-ji

Sion (Aster tataricus) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Susuki, Japanese silver grass; Kita-kamakura