Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Photo Challenge: HOPE/CHANGE

These are lovely and make me feel nice inside. In fact they are so much of both of those things that I'm not going to caption them. The captions would only detract from what they give. Enjoy!

You know I try to get all woo woo about these to give people leeway. Why do I do that? We all know what we're thinking about so why skirt it? Next prompt is VOTE. You know why.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 15th for posting on November 16th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HOPE/CHANGE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.


  1. Love the Rainbow picture! And yours, too, Kizz <3

    A little background on the photo I took...I felt such comfort and peace at this temple, and yes, HOPE!

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺 Ōfuna Kannonji?) is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The outstanding feature of the temple is a 25 metres (82 ft), 1900-ton reinforced concrete statue of the bodhisattva Kannon.

    TRANSLATION. Avalokitêśvara is a Sanskrit term, masculine in gender, that translates as Lord Who Regards All (avalokita = observe, iśvara = unimpeded). Īśvara, another name for Śiva, Mahêśvara, or Īśvaradeva (the king of the deva), is a likely component of the name Avalokitêśvara. The Sino-Japanese term Kannon 観音 (Chinese = Guānyīn) literally means watchful listening, and is often translated as “one who sees / hears all.” This is indeed the task of the compassionate Kannon — to witness and listen to the prayers and cries of those in difficulty in the earthly realm, and to help them achieve salvation. Another Japanese name for Kannon is Kanzeon 観世音, the one who constantly surveys (kan 観) the world (ze 世) listening for the sounds (on 音) of suffering. It was later shortened to Kannon.

    Kannon is a Bodhisattva (Jp. = Bosatsu), one who achieves enlightenment but postpones Buddhahood until all can be saved.

    To Tibetans, the current Dalai Lama is an incarnation of Kannon.

    White-Robed Kannon. Also called Byakushozon 白処尊 or Byakue Kanjizaimo 白衣観自在母. One of 33 Kannon Forms. Prevents sickness and disaster, grants fertility and safe childbirth, and assists in raising children. Appears in various sutras. Part of the esoteric pantheon.

    White-Robed Kannon in Ōfuna, Japan. Height = 29.39 meters. Work on this statue began in 1934, but the outbreak of WWII halted its construction, which began again after the war and was completed in 1961. The complex here contains stones from ground zero at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as this temple commemorates the souls of those who died in the atomic bomb attacks, and prays for permanent world peace. The temple holds a festival each September. DIRECTIONS: Found just outside Ōfuna Station (near Kamakura City) on the Yokosuka train line or Tokaido train line).