"Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Guanyin, known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Period: Jin Dynasty/Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Early Date: 1115
Late Date: 1368
"If your compassion does not include you, it is incomplete."
"Buddha was once threatened with death by a bandit called Angulimal. “Then be good enough to fulfill my dying wish,” said Buddha. “Cut off the branch of that tree.” One slash of the sword, and it was done! “What now?” asked the bandit. Put it back again,” said Buddha. The bandit laughed. “You must be crazy to think anyone can do that.” “On the contrary, it is you who are crazy to think that you are mighty because you can wound and destroy. That is the task of children. The mighty know how to create and heal."
"In Japan all things are Buddha things. All things themselves are the real. The fluid aspect of impermanence is itself the absolute state."
from his personal journal during six months in Japan in 1954 (published as Sake and Satori)
"Searching all directions
with one’s awareness,
one finds no one dearer
In the same way, others
are fiercely dear to themselves.
So one should not hurt others
if one loves oneself."
Buddha, Udana from the Pali canon
Tête de Bouddha
École française d’Extrême-Orient 1931
style du Bayon (fin 12e-début 13e siècle)
Angkor Thom (terrasse bouddhique n°1) (origine), Cambodge
(C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
Section Cambodge du musée Guimet
"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true."
"Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self."
"All experience is preceded by mind, led by mind, made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind and suffering follows as the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox. Speak or act with a peaceful mind and happiness follows like a never departing shadow."
With its oval face, elongated arms and fingers, and carefully chiselled drapery, this wood-carved and gilded Buddha image from Burma is characteristic of a style that developed in Mandalay in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Gilding of Buddha images, also considered a meritorious act, is applied using lacquer made from tree sap, which is sometimes mixed with a red pigment made from cinnabar. Lacquer is also used to sculpt the curls of the Buddha’s hair and his ushnisha (a cranial protuberance signifying his status as an enlightened being), and as a mortar for the intricately designed inlaid glass decorating his headband and the borders of his robes.
Highlights of “The Way of the Elders”
- Camera: Leaf Aptus 65
- Aperture: f/16
- Exposure: 1/125th
- Focal Length: 80mm