Thursday, July 22, 2010

Will Miss #205 - Buddhas

I like Buddha statues, even though I'm not a real Buddhist (though I embrace at least some principles of Buddhism). There are Buddha figures and statues everywhere in Japan, each in different poses and styles, and they all give me a sense of peace or happiness. In the U.S., it's a largely Christian culture, but their symbolism is all about pain and suffering. I grew up with pictures of Jesus nailed to a cross, or images of crosses which I knew were an instrument of suffering and death.

I'm much more spiritually inspired by Buddha images that show meditation, contemplation, peacefulness, or laughter, and I'm going to miss seeing them in so many places.