Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A View of Cobb Mountain from Mt St Helena

The California Tendai Monastery is located on the southwest slope about half way up the mountain in the center of this photo. Mt St Helena was named by the first Westerners to climb  the peak,  residents of the Russian possession (1812-1842) called Fort Ross on the Pacific Coast 30 miles directly west of here. Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine, considered a patriarch in Russian Orthodox Christianity. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Icon of Saicho & Chi-i

An icon of Shakyamuni Buddha with Dengyo Daishi on the left and Tendai Daishi on the right. Note the ball of mochi which he placed on his head during meditation to wake him up if he nodded off.