from his personal journal during six months in Japan in 1954 (published as Sake and Satori)
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
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.
We are travellers on a cosmic journey – star-dust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, once said,
“This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightening in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain.”
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.
Deepak Chopra ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.’
Those who merely read books cannot understand the teachings and, what’s more, may even go astray. But those who try to observe the things going on in the mind, and always take that which is true in their own minds as their standard, never get muddled. They are able to comprehend suffering, and ultimately will understand Dharma. Then, they will understand the books they read.
Photo by Pimthida
Buddha heads (via tomsi42)