Friday, August 08, 2008


Here we are giving darshan to a tree in the forest at Koyasan. As you can see, behind the tree are Buddhist totems, or Gorinto, which represent so many cool things you should check out the link if you have time.
Essentially, each totem represents the five elements of creation or appearance: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Mind. I just realized that looking down at the totem from the top would look like a Womb Mandala, which also represents the realm of creation! In the mandala, the Buddha (representing Mind or Source) sits in the center, and all of creation (formed by the other four elements) envelops and is enveloped by him.

The Totem also sits on a lotus blossom, which is the throne of a Buddha, highlighting the idea that every impersonal Totem (or universe) is also one with Mind (or Buddha). "Emptiness is none other than Form, Form is none other than Emptiness." And on top of all that, the totems are all tombstones! Koyasan (in Wakayama) is a graveyard forest. Much more about the totems on this link.


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