Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Colorful Happy Buddha
This colorful happy Buddha has been traveling around with me for many years. He's made of solid concrete and yet is very detailed. I'm amazed at the skill of the person who painted him. He's holding prayer beads in one hand and a bag in his other hand. He's about 12 inches tall and 7 inches wide.
The pattern on his kimono is raised and so is the dragon and the crane depicted on the reverse. He must have been made many years ago when more detail was put into concrete statuary. I don't put him outside because I don't want the paint to fade. He has felt applied to the bottom, so whoever originally had him must have also kept him indoors. I'm not sure of the symbolism of the colorful circles surround the bottom but a happy buddha supposedly brings happiness and prosperity.
Today I'm trying to focus on the good and not let the negative vibes get me down. Several negative circumstances happened recently. For example I recently received an email from a blogger whose blog I commented on. This is what they said: "I am no longer am publishing comments from visitors that are selling wares. You have a very nice blog/website that I feel serves you well. Each of us has an intent in blogging – mine is culture uncontaminated. Best to you in your business pursuits".
My comment on their blog was a compliment about their photography and post; I wasn't selling them pottery by commenting on their blog. I did notice this blogger does accept comments from others who sell wares from their blog. I'm not sure how a pottery blog contaminates culture. My blog is about sharing my studio practice, sharing recipes, tips on making pottery, love of nature, photos, travel, telling stories, and more. Maybe I'm overly sensitive, but sometimes the hurtful things people say or do, even some acts of omission, really get me down.
I've found when folks are negative or hurtful, they are hurting and unconsciously or not, they may hurt someone back to help relieve their hurt. I hope my happy Buddha brings healing to those who may be hurting. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.