collating into one post
me & wife at Fushimi Inari : photo_800
wife : photo_814
interesting library at Mii-dera : photo_856
each "cell" in the octagon has rolls of commentaries and sutras inside, and the whole library actually rotates!
Mii-dera : photo_864
path at Mii-dera : photo_869
I thought these two pics were especially good, considering how much I suck at taking photos !
my favorite by far was the Kaidan-in on Mount Hiei (headquarters of Tendai sect, where Dogen, Nichiren, Shinran, Ippen & co all trained) :
I'm fascinated by its colours, and the light
either I was lucky or the light and the temple themselves emanate beauty ... that's my wife and my mother-in-law
I suck at taking pictures but I think that was is quite successful, either I was lucky or the light and the temple are just so beautiful that you can't make a bad photo !
the paths are beautiful, photo_912 ... this is the place where Eisai the founder of J. Rinzai Zen used to meditate, the very spot : photo_915
love the paths and the gardens, photo_869 wish I could be here as something other than a tourist...
the first two pics are of Kaidan-in which is perhaps one of the most important Buddhist structures in all Japan. It was in this building that Mahayana Buddhists declared their independence from the Hinayana Buddhists of Nara. The structure itself was built to commemorate the death of Saicho (767-822), the founder of the Tendai sect... this is where Dogen, Nichiren, Shinran, Eisai, Ippen, all of the big names of Japanese Buddhism , practiced and were ordained
(Sorry for this "travel log" I won't abuse 7th patriarchs blog to blog my travels it was just one exception!)
' Sorry for this "travel log" '
that's your best content so far and you apologise ! ?
both you and sepehr delete your best posts as well !
i presume you used a digital camera and i think one reasons the photos came out so well is the light was bright, but diffused which is what it takes to make digital cameras shine, they especially don't like the light being too dull !