Monday, July 14, 2014

Buddha Beads

I've been thinking a lot lately about an old wooden Buddha statue that I saw in Japan a couple of years ago when My Rare One and I were there. It was at the Itsukushima Shrine on the southern island of Miyajima -- you know, the shrine with the famous red torii gate out in the water.


Anyway, there was this very old hand-carved wooden Buddha statue sitting in front of a little side temple adjacent to the main shrine. The wood was absolutely as smooth as glass from people rubbing their hands all over the statue for umpteen years, presumably for luck or in supplication to the Buddha.


The Buddha's wrists were adorned with several sets of prayer bead bracelets, perhaps from people whose entreaties had been answered or whose luck had changed. Or maybe just from those who wanted to honour the Enlightened One, I don't know.


I love little ritual gestures like this which arise spontaneously and uncommanded from people's deepest hearts.

[All photos © Debra She Who Seeks, April 2012]

30 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

Reminds me of my church. I watch during service as people come in and out carrying bouquets of flowers to place in front of one of the many Mary statues. Yesterday a young woman came with just a single red rose and placed it there. She then put her hand on the statue and stood there for a long while.
Mary

jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is such a cool thing to do!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Though it's supposed to bring luck, the statue looks rather creepy to me. Wouldn't want to keep it in my room for the night.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a great Buddha!

The Happy Whisk said...

Very cool that you got to go there. Have a killer week and boogie boogie.

Snap said...

very, very special. love the beads!

Laurie M said...

so do I, this to me is true faith,

DEZMOND said...

that Budda certainly loves some bling bling....

Jeanne said...

Amazing how smooth the statue is! I agree - unsolicited acts of adoration and love are the most sincere. :0)

A Beer For The Shower said...

But how can you rub his belly with his hands in the way?

Adam said...

you never see a statue (in style) like that in America. Just fat buddha and peaceful buddha with hair

Linda Wildenstein said...

human reach for the divine in many ways....this statue is wonderous example of our need to connect............

Joy Christi said...

That statue and it's beads are awesome! I have a semi-fascination w/Buddhas, though the ones from my MILs collection all have GIANT, beautiful bellies :)

Dawna said...

I know what you mean Debra and I agree.. feels very meaningful.

Quite lovely statue - I like the contrasting colours of the beads.
Your 1st pic is very calming..

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Lovely gesture to honor Buddha. I really would love to have some beads some day!

Sara said...

A fine looking Buddha he is. He must have touched a lot of people. :)

My Grama's Soul said...

That Buddha is "breath taking". One can never have too many of these and one cannot stroke same to often! (O:(O:
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Jo

greekwitch said...

Those are so beautiful pictures! Asia is truly enchanting.
I missed a couple of your posts and tonight what a treat i read three in the row.
I loved the Mormon - Thor one, so funny!
Although, were n't Loki and Thor brothers?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hi Greekwitch -- Turns out they weren't genetically related -- phew! That was close.

JACKIESUE said...

I love the Buddha ...my granddaughter Jamie has given me several of them and they get rubbed all the time..

Jim said...

I like spontaneous gestures as well, Debra. Seem more authentic.
This is a lovely statue and to think of all those people touching it must have been enlightening in a way.

Ol'Buzzard said...

Thank you for sharing.
the Ol'Buzzard

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a spectacular experience, Debra, to be able to see this up close. This is a trip that many can only dream of. Buddhism really speaks to me, and I would love to see things like this up close. Who knows? Maybe some day...

CraveCute said...

It's a wonderful sculpture and as you've said is still inspiring many.

dbs said...

And I love people who notice things like this. (And write about them too.)

Kay G. said...

I also like that people did this, it came straight from the heart.

Magic Love Crow said...

A very beautiful, meaningful post ;o)

Francie M said...

Nice to see pictures of your trip. You starting to process all of the changes since then? Nice to enjoy your journey back with you, Debra.

Makropoulos said...

Just wanted to say hi, Debra! I'm still around. Hope you're doing well!

Riot Kitty said...

That is really sweet.