April 3, 2022

Ume (Japanese apricot) flowers: Tokei-ji

Ume (japanese apricot) flowers: Tokei-ji

In the merciful spring sunlight, the bronze statue of Sakyamuni Buddha is sitting meditatively in the quiet garden adorned splendidly with the countless graceful flowers of ume.

It seems to me that the shining petals of these flowers are implying the supreme words of Buddha which guide us to his land of awakening.

These elegant flowers, that have bravely bloomed enduring the chill of late winter, will soon scatter in the capricious winds of spring after completing their lives. Their flower petals will flutter about in the fragrant breeze like the blessed voice of Buddha which teaches us that all things must pass soon.


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