Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle”. Sacred arts of Buddhism and Hinduism often take a mandala form which has radial balance. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe.
|The inner forest is shining.|
It is said that the idea of “Rinne tensei, 輪廻転生”, the circle of transmigration that all things are in flux through the endless circle of birth, death, and rebirth, was derived from the forests of India. In fact when you are in nature, it would be easier for you to understand there is no beginning or end but everything is connected to go forward in spiral. The ancient Greek Heraklitus’ “Panta rei” (Banbutsu rutenn, 万物流転) and Buddha’s “Shogyo mujyo, 諸行無常” are the same. All the phenomena in nature is constantly changing from the world of atom to the universe. We are a part of it.
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I hear this year’s momiji (maple leaves) are the most spectacular in recent years. I’ve realized that momiji trees display much more varied colors than usual.
|Enjoying a walk in a spectacular landscape of autumn color and feeding oneself with a homemade “bento” lunch with friends or families is one of the reasons to love this time of year.|