Sunday, May 16, 2010

睡蓮 Water Lilly

Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants commonly called water lilies, lotuses are 5 species of water lilies, that grow in freshwater of temperate and tropical climates. When they flower, all water lilies send a small bud from down at the bottom of the pond in the mud and muck slowly up toward the waters surface - continually moving towards the light. Once it comes to the surface of the water the lotus flower begins to blossom turning into a beautiful flower. With this image in mind it is understandable why the lotus flower has become a symbol for 'awakening to the spiritual reality of life' within Hinduism and Buddhism. Japanese Buddhists often use the lotus flower in poems and as symbols in art and temples. Senryu, a Zen monk who died in 1827, employed the lotus as a part of a centuries-old Japanese tradition in which monks, samurai and others compose poems at the moment of death.

Like dew drops
on a lotus leaf
I vanish.

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