Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weekend at Buddha's

I honestly do not know much about the teachings of Buddha or the man himself.

However I do envy his peaceful demeanor and thoughtful sayings...

on communication...

“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”

on roadkill...

“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”

on relationships...

“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.”

and inspiration...

“Life is suffering.”

Representations of Buddha always seem so tranquil and relaxed. Needless to say, I would buy his brand of loungewear. 

Last weekend we decided to visit the largest Buddha statue in Japan. 

It is an astonishing 120 meters tall (394 ft)! 

There is also a garden and animal park around the statue...

a much smaller model of the head

some very eager fish

When entering the Buddha you must remove your shoes and walk into a room. Suddenly, the lights will go out and a guide will provide information. This is supposed to relax you and provide a sense of peace before entering. Instead, Staci's nails were digging into my arm as I tried to remember how to say “we changed our minds” in Japanese.

After a two-minute eternity the doors opened and we explored the rest of the Buddha. 

a big toe

 the view from Buddha's chest

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”