Saturday, March 13, 2010
Buddha on the Hill
I live at the top of a long hill the stretches away from the center of the city. From where I live I can see most of the city laid out between the hills. There are two Buddhas within a stone's throw of my apartment. They watch over the city and its inhabitants. The larger of the two is the smiling sitting Buddha. From what I can research and tell from his pose, this Buddha stands for meditation and wisdom. In particular it is most likely a reference to Buddha flower sermon where he said nothing and simply held a lotus flower in his hand. It makes me think of the Bible passage I included at the start of this blog, "as for man, his days are like grass, /he flourishes like a flower of the field; /the wind blows over it and it is gone, /and its place remembers it no more." I suppose that's a good reminder to have sitting at the top of the city.