|Lotus flower, symbol of rising above the fray and blossoming (tvladusi/flickr.com)|
|Lilies (Golan Jesus Roncero)|
After a two-year, $45-million makeover, Echo Park Lake will reopen [today] to the public Saturday morning with a ceremony that will include [our Mexican Jewish everyman] Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.
The festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon. The park is located in the 1700 block of Park Avenue.
The lake was completely drained and cleaned before being refilled and restocked with plants. A clay liner was installed to reduce water leakage through the lake bottom.
|Rehabilitation plan (facebook.com)|
Today, the lake and surrounding park have been fully rehabilitated, with lake, landscaping, and wetland improvements. The lake serves primarily as a detention basin for the city’s storm drain system, while also providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. More
|An oasis in an asphalt desert with skyscrapers in the distance (Lotus Festival/tumblr.com)|
The Blooming Lotus
Andrew Olendzki, translator (Udayin Thera, Thag 15.2)
|Lotus-blooming buddhahood (buzzle.com)|
As the flower of a lotus,
Arisen in water, blossoms,
Pure-scented and pleasing the mind,
Yet is not drenched by the water,
In the same way, born in the world,
The Buddha abides in the world;
And like the lotus by water,
He does not get drenched by the world.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo - The Lotus Sutra is Buddha's most referred to teaching on
"emptiness" and "not-self" (shunyata and anatta), the central concept necessary for
enlightenment. It is an experience and not something that can be fully taught. More