Saturday, December 19, 2009

Buddhas in New York! ニューヨークのブッダ

I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday and spent a few hours at the Asian Section as usual. This small "red room" is my favorite spot at the entire Met - it is usually very quiet and not many people are there. There is a bench you can sit on... I often sit there and stare at those stunning statues and meditate. "God, I love New York!" That is how I feel when I am surrounded by those amazing treasures from the Himalayas.


"The Potala Exhibition" has been taking place in Tokyo despite our world-wide protest against it.
It has been organized by the Chinese government and they are making lots of money out of the Tibetan treasures that they stole from the Tibetans. As a Buddha statue collector myself I wanted to see the Buddha statues that once belonged to the Tibetan people, but I absolutely refuse to visit the exhibition. As you can see there are many wonderful Buddhas in New York!


This last photo is a Jain statue. It looks like Buddha, but it is not. Jainism is fascinating. Their religion focus on compassion and I have seen Jain practitioners in India walking around wearing a mask over their mouth - they are trying to avoid killing any living sentient beings. There are many religions in the world..., but they all promote one thing: love & compassion. We got to stop killing each other.

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