PHOTO GALLERIES

 Sunrise

If desired, these photo galleries are offered as a place to come to – even briefly – in order to help settle the mind prior to a time of meditation.

All photos feature the natural environment in one form or another and include landscapes, flowers, lakes, and Australian bush settings.

Each gallery is accompanied with a verse taken from The Dhammapada (which is a collection of aphorisms that illustrate the Buddhist Dharma or moral system). Quotations are taken from: Mascaró, Juan, trans. The Dhammapada: The Path of Perfection. London: Penguin Books, 1973.

These digital photos – intended for calming the mind – will perhaps serve those living in high rise city apartments, people hospitalized, shut-ins at home, people in nursing homes, and even those in palliative care.

May this digital photography serve you as move into a time of meditation and contemplation.

Inside each gallery, by clicking on an image, an enlargement of the photo will appear below the set of photos shown.

The galleries are presented under the following themes:

·       By the Lake

·     Lotus Pond Reflections


 


 

 

Photo Credit (above only): Intellimon Ltd.

Gallery Photos: Alexander Michael Peck 

Embracing a vision of enlightenment and transformation 

 Lotus Flower

THE LOTUS FLOWER

In Buddhist perception the lotus flower has special significance. The efforts towards spirituality may be compared to the idea of applying fertiliser to a lotus flower which grows out of mud in a swamp, so that emerging from the surrounding muck of worldly passions will spring a beautiful flower of spirituality, blossoming to enlightenment. Here the 'muck' or mud can be compared to our physical body; the emerging lotus flower can be compared to the developing (budding) perceptions of our minds. The 'fertilising' relates to the direct application of exercise to the goal in view. The fully opened lotus would be the full expression of the Buddha-mind now visible as a beautiful lotus flower in full bloom. 

Davis, John R. The Path to Enlightenment: Introducing Buddhism. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997. 

 

 

 

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