February 5, 2024

Kobai (rose plum) : Engaku-ji

Kobai (rose plum) : Engaku-ji

According to the teaching of Buddha, any emotion based on our five senses always causes empty, fleeting illusions. Our attachment to it must be carefully restrained to obtain the true path to the spiritual awakening.

All seasonal flowers are so beautiful and mystical that they stir my mind profoundly every time I find them. 

Most especially, in an almost colorless garden under the gray winter sky, the rosy flowers of Kobai always move me deeply. I have a great feeling of joy as if I had witnessed the gentle smiles of the innocent children who have just arrived from somewhere in the vast universe.

This momentary delusion brings a precious delight and then disappears in an instance as my passing daydream about those flowers.

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