If You Find the Buddha

If You Find the Buddha

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0811848140

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Whether in the heart of Asia or a farm in the American heartland, the Buddha image never seems out of place. As a reminder to stop and live in the moment, it is as appropriate as a charm around the neck of a young Thai soldier as on a car dashboard. Photographs of the Buddha in various incarnations-traditional statuary, toys, garden ornaments, jewelry, tattoos-demonstrate that the Buddha is seemingly everywhere, if one cultivates the proper awareness. By turns beautiful, quirky, ironic, and meditative, Kalisher's images in If You Find the Buddha speak not only to the omnipresence of the spiritual icon, but also to our capacity to be surprised and delighted by the unexpected. With an insightful essay by noted author and traveler Jeff Greenwald, the striking photographs in this book delight and enlighten in equal measure.

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entwined, teaching; in another, he’s toward turning Buddha into a god, and Buddhahood touching the Earth, inviting the planet itself to witness into a divine state, beyond the reach of humans. I his awakening. His face, half-smiling, has the hypnotic think Buddha himself would have been perturbed effect of a cloudscape. It’s virtually impossible to (as much as Buddha was ever perturbed) by the look at a Buddha for any length of time (including sight of people praying to his image; idol

our conduct in this world matters, and what role—if any—we are meant to fill —Jeff Greenwald in the cosmos. Colombo, Sri Lanka This, too, is what the Buddha represents: the common denominator of our collective awareness, in all its riotous forms. That’s why he’s as appropriate around the neck of a Thai soldier as he is on a golf 9 by Jesse Kalisher h On the same spot I sit today Others came, in ages past, to sit. One thousand years, still others will come. Who is the singer, and who is

snapshot, and Pat Panom was concerned that, while he could prevent me from climbing on any statues, he had no idea how I would use my images of Buddha. I assured Pat Panom that my intent with this book was honorable and, at his request, handwrote and signed my commitment to respect Buddha and Buddhism with my photographs. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

never quite managed to materialize. important to him, and he asked me several times, emphatically, to promise to explain here why worshippers place Buddha medallions at the foot of a bodhi tree. out. “Yes, I am,” I smiled. And then I shared with Pat Panom the story of how I came to be freed from the So I promised. traditional shackles of a desk, paycheck, and two- “Tell them,” he repeated, “it is to change bad week vacation. luck.” 12 “But you are a photographer,” Pat Panom pointed When

might have said that I needed to change my luck. Before long, I pulled myself off the floor and, with equal measures of desperation and confidence, wrote my letter of resignation. This was the beginning of my rehabilitation. Nine months later, I boarded a flight to Hanoi. It was 1996, just six months after we normalized Sitting on the floor inside my office, I took in relations with Vietnam. This was only my second my surroundings and moaned. I moaned because I trip outside of America, and it

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