Manifesting Dharma: Head of Mahākāśyapa
【Manifesting Dharma: Buddhist Art 101】
Each “Buddhist Art 101" spiritual card introduces each sculpture's inspirations and history. They also allow the public to get closer with each artwork and appreciate Buddhist Art. Visitors are welcome to print them out, reminding themselves to keep a peaceful mind and to take care of their families under all circumstances.
April – Devoted Abode, Protecting Oneself and Others
The pandemic situation is still affecting our social lives, yet inner selves need to flow steadily. Maintaining a high morale does not have to mean going out with family and friends; comfort can also be found when we are staying at home with family or alone, living safely and in peace. Reminiscent of Indra’s Net metaphor, may we protect ourselves and others, closely intertwined as a community.
All sentient beings, including us can be vulnerable, so sometimes we require protection and mutual support. Did you know that as stable as the Buddha may seem, he still requires protection? When he was meditating under the Bodhi Tree in Bōdh Gayā, he encountered heavy storms for seven days. Worried about the Buddha, the Nāga King rushed to guard the Enlightened One with his serpentine body. Similarly, when you protect others, others will guard you in reciprocity. Together, we share Nāga King’s universal protection with your family and other relatives.
■ Head of Mahākāśyapa China | Ming dynasty #3@101
Apart from Buddhism’s Heavenly Kings and related deities as Dharma Protectors, Mahākāśyapa was the Buddha’s most trusted disciples and historically part of the 10 Great Disciples. Best known for the Flower Sermon, Mahākāśyapa and 500 other Luohans also compiled key Buddhist teachings, thereby laying the Buddhist teaching foundations for future practitioners.
All worldly phenomena can be apparent, obscure and impermanent. It can be very difficult to differentiate between these phenomena! But through protection and sincerity, we can be virtuous practitioners to help others in need.
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