Thursday, July 10, 2008

home mani padme home

The title of this post is a pun on the Buddhist chant OM MANI PADME (paymay) HUNG,
which translates something like: the jewel in the heart of the lotus.These lotuses are blooming in 4 pots on the rooftop terrace of our hotel in Beijing.

I took these photos the morning of the evening that I found out that the fires that had been threatening my home land and which had been considered 100% contained had kicked up again, carried by strong winds.
It is unknown at this time whether any of the cabins on our 50 acres still stand. It is unlikely.
So, we are heading home.
The thing about the lotus is that it is this exquisitely beautiful flower that grows out of the mud.  Thus the imagery. Even mud can give rise to beauty. Even  catastrophe can give rise to...?


I'm not sure why the following copies of the photos got included in this post, but I guess you can't have too many images of lotuses.

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