December 28, 2013

A local store thought it had lost its lease and I was able to pick this up.

standing Buddha horizontal_no_flash

Actually, it weighs a huge amount, it is very dense — made of ironstone — I did not literally pick it up, at all.

It is, among other things, my contribution to righting the wrong of the destruction of those beautiful large Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban.

It’s around my birthday, too, so I am thinking also of this in terms of that.

Then I realized, after siting the Buddha statue where I did for a host of other reasons, that it stands directly opposite a small statue of Kwan Yin (maybe someone can correct my spelling) which sits atop a fountain (no longer in use) that I gave Willy for his birthday the year he turned forty.  They are gazing at each other, in a sense, which seems to me quite right.


4 Responses to “Buddha”

  1. James Koppel Says:

    Destruction of idols is one of the few GOOD things that the Taliban actually does. You have brought a curse into your house.

  2. Jeff in New Jersey Says:

    What a soft response, Diana !

    James Koppel obviously knows little about Buddhism. Prince Gautama’s teaching was more a philosophy than anything else, yet for his time (500-600 B.C) it could only be taught or propagated in religious terms. Even so, it died out in India, its place of origin.

    Traditional Buddhist religious activities are one of the few “consciously created” religions, when Prince Gautama realized that the masses of men and women would never grasp his rather deep philosophic concepts.

    So he and his followers created the “Mayahana,” or lesser vehicle, by which ordinary people could, through traditional symbolism. ritual, and imagery, derive at least some moral and spiritual benefit. People need “images” to focus their attention, and that is all a statue of Buddha is.

    A genuine Buddhist in the philosophic sense could meditate and develop his spiritual side without images or other aids that masses of people the world over seem to need.

    A child learning the “lesser vehicle” might in time, after developing intellectual maturity, more easily grasp the philosophic elements of Buddhist teaching.

    I am glad you bought this statue. I hope you will keep it in an honored place in your home !

    • Diana Moses Says:

      Thank you, Jeff.

      Maybe your explanation will resonate with my cousin, since he is an observant Jew and I can see some parallels in your explanation to a Jewish tradition that Kabbalah study is not to be undertaken until after many years of Torah and Talmud study. But I do understand that not everybody takes an ecumenical approach to religion.

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