Manifesting Dharma: Seated Maitreya Buddha

2020-07-30

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.

July - Transcending Space, Unhindered Perspectives

In the blink of an eye, another page has turned. It is now July, a blossoming summer month. During the past six months, many people could not travel far and wide. As long as you are open to discovering and appreciating beauty, you can also transcend the limitations of space. Perhaps the most valuable thing about "traveling" is a place to understand your inner heart. You need not travel far, but to cherish every moment in your life.

Seated Maitreya Buddha  China | Qing dynasty      #17@101

Maitreya is the Future Buddha and Śākyamuni Buddha’s successor. The big-belly Maitreya Buddha image, best known to the Chinese, first emerged in the Five Dynasties (907-979 CE). He was an eminent monk who was known as the Cloth Bag Monk, because when he went around the city streets, he carried a cloth bag and a staff. He travelled freely to many places, warmly welcoming everyone he passed with an unwavering smile and incessant compassion. Isn’t travelling at ease a type of leisure? May you achieve things at your own pace and leisure, travelling far and wide into the physical and spiritual worlds.

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