I like that photography can let us focus in on details to let us see things in a different way. This is Kasma’s picture of a detail on a Buddha statue at Wat Phra Boram That in Chaiya, Thailand. You can see a slightly more expansive detail in Michael’s photo in an earlier Wednesday Photo blog: Another Chaiya Buddha.
The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.
I love the serenity of this statue, found in the courtyard of Wat Phra Boram That in Chaiya, Thailand. Each temple in Thailand has many Buddha images. It’s fascinating to see how some of them evoke an emotional response while others evoke nothing.
There was a time when all of the statues at this temple were quite weathered and plain. Then one year, as the temple restored the various images, they transformed into gold, black and mother-of-pearl (for the eyes). At first I was very unhappy because there had been something very calming about all the statues, transformed as they were by time and the elements. Then I realized it was about the fact that everything is always changing and that if we try to grasp at something conditioned, expecting it to always remain the same, we will be unhappy, we will suffer.
Now, several years later, the once-pristine and restored Buddha images are beginning to age and transform again with time and the elements.
This mind has been deluded now for who knows how many lifetimes. Whatever we don’t like or love, we want to avoid. We just indulge in our fears, and then we say we’re practicing. This can’t be called practice. If it’s real practice, you’ll even risk your life. If you’ve really made up your mind to practice, why would you take an interest in petty concerns?
– Ajahn Chah, in Food for the Heart, p. 263.
From: Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chah. Wisdom Publications, Somerville, MA, 2002.