A delicate fresco and one of the earliest anthropomorphic representations of Buddha dated II-III c. AD — from the South side of the Monastery of Bagh-Gaï, Hadda Gandhara, 10 km of what is today the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
For some 700 years, Buddha was represented through symbols such as a footprint, an empty throne or a tree. The first anthropomorphic images date from the mid II c. AD in the Gandhara region and around the Indian city of Mathura.
Photo taken at the Musée Guimet des arts asiatiques, Paris.
I should be busy catching up on world events
and emitting intelligent opinions,
but I find myself immersed in a drop of rain water
floating atop a lotus leaf.
In the large temple,
the gilded Buddha and Bodhisattva statues towered over me.
Their bodies stiff,
their eyes sharing nothing.
It is the lotus that spoke to me.
it taught me humility
and simple beauty.
Inspired by a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai, China in June 2018. The same thing happened to me when I visited the giant Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, a few years ago. It was in a rose tilting under the weight of rain drops that I found serenity, not the giant metal statue.