The Buddha statue made by young monks in Indonesia and Vietnam touched me when I first saw one at a retreat, and has been on my altar ever since. He is now known popularly as “weeping Buddha,’ but I meditate with him all the time and I cannot call him that. I see earthiness, a different form of touching the earth than Gautama Buddha. I see humility. I also see Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig Buddha, the Buddha of Compassion, who cried a thousand tears, the tears becoming the goddess Tara. The last one is the closest to weeping Buddha, but weeping Buddha implies a forlornness or emotional state that doesn’t quite feel right.
My smaller statue is perfectly symmetrical, but the larger one, right, the one I painted during my time down with this stupid cold, is much more imperfect and unsymmetrical.
As I’ve said before, I like to play with the same shape repeatedly. I have painted him in acrylics and mixed media over the years. I return to him again and again. He is a great shape!
Again I played with Neocolor II, attempting to conquer the elusive qualities and gain some control over the media! The one above was completely loose with Neocolor and no pencil under-sketch. I created a graduated background using the “earth” symbol, and washed it. After, I drew Buddha crudely and started shading with water. I enjoyed the freedom!
The ones below I began with a light pencil sketch, which you can see in person underneath the paintings below. I also used the earth to support or confront or hold Buddha.
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Thanks. It’s my intention after A to Z to explore sine bloggers past postings, since I’m so new that I don’t have much history with anyone. Your blogs are definitely on my list. Now you’ll see how much I don’t know about Buddha – I thought he was always the calm, serene being because he had so many ways to soothe away life’s challenges. That’s why I was so puzzled on your B post to see one in what looked like such agony. Your drawings on this post look almost natal – a not completely formed embryo. I even see – in an image I don’t want to hold in my head – a cancer cell. I’m going to go with embryo emerging into Buddha form.
I popped an image of the statue into my post. One of the things about the compassionate Buddhas, and there are a few, is that they have “mechanisms” to handle the weight of the suffering. In zen, however, they are so very straight forward, and will depict a sorrowful Buddha; experiencing the sorrow was part of what drove the prince to become the buddha. DK
Thanks. Love learning from you!
“sine” bloggers ??!!?? I meant some bloggers.