Prayer Flags

These warning tapes flapping in the breeze are reminiscent of Buddhist prayer flags.  Yellow symbolises the element earth and the east; horizontal flags, are called Lung Dar.  Prayer flags should always be still and it is considered disrespectful if they touch the ground – these have been hung too low.  Is the fox coincidental?  The wild fox kōan, also known as ‘Pai-chang’s fox’ and ‘Hyakujō and a Fox’, is an influential story in the Zen tradition dating back to the early 11th Century.

Photo: Granham’s Road, Cambridge, 2011

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