I’ve been praying for the protection and good health of the Japanese people since the aftermath of the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. At the same time I was wondering what more could I possibly do to respond to my Mentor and to the people of Japan.
On March 16, encouraging the people suffering from this disaster, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda (Buddhist philosopher), wrote “Never be defeated! Have courage! Have hope!”
I decided to make a piece of jewellery that spoke of hope and send it to my mentor in Japan.
In a letter titled ‘Winter Always Turns To Spring’, Nichiren Daishonin, a 13th century priest said to his disciple, lay nun Myoichi, ‘Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring…[The sutra reads] “If there are those who hear the law, then not a one will fail to attain Buddhahood”‘
On the other side, however, is a Cherry tree in full white blossom, depicting Spring.
This is also Ring 17 in the Ring-a-week challenge on flickr