Motsu-ji

Spotted this while walking around Motsu-ji temple in Hiraizumi. He seemed quite happy. Don’t actually know who this is, although given that there’s a statue of him, clearly a Buddhist monk of some significance. The lotus flower he’s seated on represents “purity of the body, speech and mind as while rooted in the mud”, and enlightenment, among other things. Don’t know what the object resting in his hands is, although I’d like to know.

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