Wednesday, March 15, 2023

So inclined...



you frequently think and ponder upon--

that will become

the inclination of your mind.


photo: bruce behnke 2023

Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

night skies


Last night, the full moon drew me outside for a walk, but the huge number of visible stars in the sky kept me captivated.  For anyone who has used the star identification app "Sky Tonight" you will understand how the constellations can come alive with a dance of animals and mythological characters across the universe.  Add a few shooting stars streaming across the sky and it becomes difficult to turn your back and go inside.

I do not have the proper equipment to photograph the constellations, but I post the two photographs above to show how much was visible to the naked eye.

photos: bruce behnke 2023

Pearl City, Hawaii

Saturday, February 18, 2023

fish in rain

photo: ©bruce behnke 2023
             Pearl City, Hawaii

Thursday, January 26, 2023

life on the edge


photo: bruce behnke 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

a dip in the archive ocean

photos: Oahu, Hawaii
© bruce behnke

Sunday, January 1, 2023

welcome 2023


Welcome 2023
May the year be filled with 
Happiness and Good Health.

photo: Pohai Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Bruce Behnke 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Bodhi Tree descendant joins my garden

The Bodhi Tree ("tree of awakening") is a large sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India.  Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi under it.  In religious images, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed

In 1913, Anagarika Dharmapala took a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi to Hawaii, where he presented it to his benefactor, Mary Foster, who had funded much Buddhist missionary work. She planted it in the grounds of her house in Honolulu, by the Nuʻuanu stream. On her death, she left her house and its grounds to the people of Honolulu, and it became the Foster Botanical Garden.

A cutting from this tree was raised by a member of the Soto Zen Temple in Aiea, Hawaii.  Today, in celebration of Bodhi Day, this descendant tree joined my garden as a meaningful addition.  

Bodhi Day is generally seen as a religious holiday, much like Christmas in the Christian west, in which special meals are served, especially cookies shaped like hearts (referencing the heart-shaped leaves of the Bodhi) and a meal of kheer, the Buddha's first meal ending his six-year asceticism.

photo: bruce behnke 2022