On New Year’s Eve 1991, a friend from my home town of Emerald was walking along a beach in state of distress. She was in the grip of deep grief following the loss of her mother and her marriage.
As she walked for hours along the beach in despair she called out for guidance.
Her foot touched something in the sand. She bent down and a small Buddha was unearthed. It looked like it had fallen off a key chain. Although she had not had any previous connections with Buddhist teachings, she resolved that day to find out more about Buddhism.
In March 1991 she found herself at a party at my house.
Deep into the night of festivities I heard her voice call out over the top of the music,
” Who wants to come and find out about Buddhism with me?”
In my inebriated state I heard my own voice calling back enthusiastically, “Me. I will!”
I have no idea why I responded. I had never given a moments thought to exploring any religion.
So began an amazing journey that has brought such freedom and richness to my life.
25 years later I find myself showing this dear friend the bag of Buddhas that I take on my pilgrimage.
And she connects immediately with a beautiful white Buddha. She loves its long neck and peaceful face. She said it was as if the head rose elegantly above samsara allowing for a clear view of how things really are.
I know its time to complete a circle in the sand.
All these years later after she introduced me to the Buddha,Dharma and Sangha it was a delight to send one home in her pocket…..wrapped up in deep gratitude.
Buddha donated by a shiny new Order member Pasadadipa UK.
June 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm
How fabulous! The linking up of the circle.
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June 17, 2016 at 11:36 pm
Yes Erica. It was very moving when I fully realised the connection with my friend first introducing me to the Buddha.
June 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm
Dear Maitripala, I am so happy to hear the story and how the circle will be completed. I am so grateful to your friend to asking the question and you replying “You will” Conditions…conditions…conditions….
The little white Buddha is looks so delicate, kind yet so sturdy! Beautiful!!
Much love and metta to you and your friend.
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June 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm
Yes, talking to my friend again about that moment in that night 25 years ago reminded me of the serendipity of life. There was no Buddhist presence in my home town and I had never met a Buddhist but my friend ‘s chance comment led to the unfolding of a beautiful journey. How fortunate !