May 14 – month of daily flower & buddha photos – day 14
Khmer (Cambodian) style buddha head. black painted plaster replica of stone original
date & origin unknown. Antique/junque store. May 14 2016 photo ©
detail of flower design on robe of Dainichi Nyorai Buddha statue, hand-painted porcelain, Japan c. 1900. photo May 2016 ©
“If you maintain a sustained effort, without losing your hope or your courage, you will make progress along your spiritual path. And that is certain.
“As I always say, everyone has a responsibility so we must seize that responsibility and try to contribute our own individual share. Let us try to have a better world, a happier world, with happier human beings. What I usually call ‘my nirvana’ — permanent cessation of negative emotional thoughts — that is my private business, my private nirvana. What we really need is nirvana for society — a happier human community , a society filled with loving-kindness. That’s what we want, and we can build it. And for this, everyone has a responsibility. My own nirvana, I can pursue by myself. That’s my business. Thank you, thank you very much.”
— His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, closing words at a teaching session, California, 1989.