The Radiance of a Buddha Statue
Just looking at the statue of Buddha you will feel some
serenity within you - the proportion of the Buddha, the body, the posture, the
way he is sitting, the half-closed eyes. You just sit silently, look at the
statue, and you will start falling into a silence....
It is certainly an experience to sit silently in a Buddhist
temple watching a statue of Buddha, just looking at it. And you will be
surprised that you start feeling certain qualities - tremendous silence, a great
beauty. The centering of the statue somehow creates a synchronicity: you start
feeling centered, calm and quiet....
In the East a statue is not made for its own sake: it is made
as a code language for the centuries that follow. Scriptures may disappear,
languages may change and words may be interpreted. Doctrines can be wrongly
interpreted, commented upon. There may be dispute about theories - and there
have been - so they thought there must be a different way than language....
Objective art means it has been created deliberately by one
who knows what he is doing, who brings something from the other dimension into
this world, some form. Just watching that form, a form will arise in you, a
song. Just singing that song, you will become something else, a mantra....
(Quotations of Osho, who has given me my spiritual name Deva
Deep, which means Divine Light.)
You can find pictures of
Buddha statues on many pages of this web.
I have made a selection here
of the famous ones: