Sometimes people seeing my tiny Buddhas are drawn to ask to take one to give to a friend or family member. This happened recently on a retreat in Toowoomba.
I will let those that handed on some Buddhas tell their story .
P’s story :
Thank you for allowing me to hand out of Buddha to my Father. I specifically had lunch with mum and dad on Tuesday, to explain the retreat, your story, and the story behind this particular Buddha, from the clay soils of the Jetta Grove in India, from your Order Member friend who is from the Retreat Centre near Kempsey, and now to my Dad.
Dad is a typically non religious, although both mum and dad were very interested in the retreat, what I am learning, and of course your pilgrimage and the story of this Buddha.
I like how the materials of this Buddha, as with everything in the universe, comes directly from the earth, and in time, will return to the earthly / universal elements, a metaphor for the potential of things to become things, and the impermanence of things.
Mum and Dad have noticed a real change in my being, behaviour, actions and views since commencing my interest in the Dharma. This Buddha represents the infinite potential in all beings – something despite Dad’s age (70 this year) is meaningful and true, and possible.
This handing over of the Buddha to Dad, and the story behind its journey, drew parallels with our own personal journeys, and was a special moment for us both to share.
Thankyou for the catalyst for this moment to be shared and experienced.
With loving kindness, peace, compassion, and momentary awareness of each moment.
Buddha from India donated by Satyagandhi, Naganaga NSW
J’s story :
I was drawn to give this Buddha to my friend to help her with her latest round of treatment for a serious illness. I felt anticipation as I sent it off. She contacted me she to say it had arrived. She said it was an amazing and beautiful gift and she sounded so happy. I asked her to send a photo of it in her hand. My friend said she felt this Buddha was female.
Buddha donated by Lewi UK
March 16, 2017 at 10:47 am
Hi P, I don’t know if you are following Maitripala’s blog but I very much enjoyed your story and am glad to know the little Buddha from the Jetta Grove in Sravasti has been passed on to your dad. My time in the Jetta Grove was one of the most special moments of my life, I felt i could still feel the Buddha’s presence there, which of course is was in some way. I am glad the Dharma has a place in your life for the good.
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March 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm
Hi Satyagandhi, yes I am following intermittently. Thankyou for your comments, the retreat that Maitripala led in March was quite special, and furthermore was her pilgrimage including the passing on of the tiny Buddha. I am not sure why I picked that Buddha, but I know it was due to the earthiness of the materials, and the simplicity of the carving, I appreciated the closeness of the thing to that its material origins, reminding me of interdependence and inter connectedness of all things from where it / we came from, and return to. Passing on that story to dad, ie. From where the Buddha carving came from, and how it made its way back to Australia, and in turn from you to Maitripala, and in turn, no placed beside dad’s bed in his bedroom (I spotted it last week), it has meaning to me, and I’m sure meaning to him – on a number of different levels. Thankyou Satyagandhi, with loving kindness, compassion and truth. Pete
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