Monday, March 22, 2010

Buddha



Probably nothing is as emblematic of peace and serenity as the figure of Buddha. For eternity, artisans, painters and sculptors have slaved over the right proportions that would artistically represent the beloved ascetic.


The features - eyes the shape of half open lotus buds, a keen nose and the hint of smile together convey the calm introspection that is beautiful beyond words.
Have been photographing Buddhist iconography around the region for a few years now. Sharing a few images form around the house and elsewhere.
The Buddha in emptiness. The Buddha in solitude. The Buddha in poetry.




Contemplating a now-lost statue of the Buddha in French sculptor Rodin's garden, German poet Rilke gropes his way towards and understanding of emptiness:
center of all centers, core of cores,

almond, self-enclosed, growing sweet --
all the universe, to the farthest stars
and beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit ...

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;

your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich thick nectars rise and flow.
Illuminating your infinite peace,
a billion stars go spinning through the night,
Glowing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.


In unexpected corners.


In turbulence, noise, age, decay and death.



The Buddha is every where..

26 comments:

pRiyA said...

An enlightening post. Beautiful pictures.

Sylvie said...

I love your pictures! You inspire beauty in every corner of your blog...

Anvita Lakhera said...

Your pictures are lovely. It's a pleasure to see bits of your beautiful home on your blog.

Rekha said...

lovely images, the buddha idols are a visual treat. Enlightening post as priya mentioned.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Beautiful images - Are all those Buddhas yours? That's an awesome collection!

Chandan said...

Priya, Sylvie, Anvita, Rekha -Thanks for the encouragement!
Sharon- The B&W images are snapshots from an antiques market. Thanks for dropping by!

Anuradha Varma said...

Amazing pictures Chandan, and the Buddha is my absolute favorite...awesome post.

Design IQ said...

Lovely post !!! I love the pictures. Then I realised I don't have a single Buddha in my house :( Need to fix that !!!

Shyla said...

Lovely post, I adore Buddhas. Thanks for the wonderful images.

PreeOccupied said...

Beautiful post.

I am a Buddha fan, and one time even kept a small little statue under a banyan bonsai. Too bad I had to leave it behind in India.

P.S. Is that a new banner for your Blog? I heart it.

Arch at Rang said...

I love the peaceful face of Buddha too:-)

I have a very modest collection and I love it:-)

I have always loved that pic of Buddha with the lotus:-)

Arch

Chandan said...

Thanks Shyla, Preeoccupied, Arch, Anuradha n Design IQ..!

Harshika said...

Hi Chandan,

chanced upon your blg a few days ago and was blown away by the pictures of your BEAUTIFUL HOME! i HADDDDD to comment. i love how you have created so much beauty and tanquility in every corner of yuor house. I live in dubai so do have access to most things from around the world...im so gonna copy your style for my new appt! And i mean it as a compliment. I have been checking your blog like a maniac everyday for more inspiration!

I esp loved the way you have put plants in their planters. I have similar baskets which I will use now...so much beauty in your house, i cant get over it! So totally my kind of a house!

Do post more often if you can, im totally hooked!
Again, lovely lovely house and awesome taste you have here!

Cheers,
harshika
dubai

Chandan said...

Thanks Harshika from Dubai! :)

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

lovely collection,chandan

Patricia Torres said...

What a lovely post... and such amazing.. pics!! I truly needed this inspiration today!

上宇軒興 said...

Nice Post~!!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jagriti said...

lovely post and lovely images, chandan...just reading it filled me with so much peace and calm inside..

judyrod said...

Time and tide wait for no man. ............................................................

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Hi Chandan,
This is the first time I'm here and simply spellbound!!
Just loved your awesome blog!!!
Let's keep in touch :)

Regards
Sanghamitra
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com/

Deepa Raman said...

my first time visit to your blog...awesome..nice space.

盈廖生家秀蔡 said...

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soraya nulliah said...

I love these pictures...and yes, any Buddha statue immediately conveys a sense of calm, serenity and peace. I have quite a few Buddhas sitting in corners quietly...no matter what sort of hurry or mood I am in..they can give me pause. thank you for sharing these amazing pictures.

~ ॐ ~ said...

There is something about Buddha that is amazingly calm!!!

thanks di for these pictures!

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foodcolours said...

Wonderful post and gorgeous sculptures of Buddha.Are they all yours ?

Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment, that's how I gfound your blog and love it.

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