Ice Buddha 2006, an artwork by Gade (born Lhasa 1971) and Jason Sangster, is rich in symbolism. Our fleeting lives, the dissolving self, the melting glaciers.
This image was also on a huge banner on the outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay in Sydney when we were there in July. Our world is a global village where we must all awaken to help each other in these times. Buddha statues are prevalent in decorator shops, but what do they really signify?
This week in my yoga classes I have been reading an excerpt from Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, about acting from truth we access through the Buddha within, rather than the fears and patterns of the little self …… but in researching I came across this quote, even more appropriate for some us who were brought up to strive toward perfection: “It is our very search for perfection outside ourselves that causes our suffering,” said the Buddha. Even the most perfect moment or thing will change just a moment later. It is not perfection we must seek, but freedom of the heart.
……. liberation arises when we are “without anxiety about non-perfection”. The world is not supposed to be perfect according to our ideas. We have tried so long to change the world, yet liberation is not to be found by changing it, by perfecting it, or ourselves…… The Buddha arises when we are able to see ourselves and the world with honesty and compassion. …… Liberation comes not as a process of self-improvement, of perfecting the body or personality. Instead, in living a spiritual life, we are challenged to discover another way of seeing, rather than seeing with our usual images, ideals, and hopes.
We learn to see with the heart, which loves, rather than with the mind, which compares and defines. This is a radical way of being that takes us beyond perfection.”
I woke up in the past year or so, so I vouch for this radical way of being, beyond perfection to a state of seeing with the heart, life just is the way it is, that is how things are, nothing to strive for, just being. The little self worries about it, it feels like apathy, but is actually peace (or not striving), I rest in being and wait until a need for action arises. Everything comes in it’s own right time. Melting Buddha shows us how to dissolve the little self, becoming one with all that is.