Our best friend made us a hip hop buddha. It has Afro Puffs. Notice the slight smile. The indentation under the chin where it's hands come together in a secret prayer. The humility of it's bowed posture. The tuck in front of it's neck. The entire gesture. Perfect.
Artist: Alvin Lopez. He is the bomb. Father of our beloved godson Abel Kaleo. Second Papa to our boys. Talent.
I grew up in the Presbyterian church but went to Japanese schools. My grandparents had all kinds of miracles that came out of their devout Catholicism. I have my own relationship to "Spirit." It involves a LOT of time outdoors with family. And cooking, happily. And service.
The Buddha to me represents a human desire to know Truth ~ certainly another word for "God." Practicing Buddhists make 3 promises, that can be applied to any religion, belief system or spiritual practice:
1 Take shelter in the possibility of enlightenment. This can also be called transcendence, being born again, having clarity or being saved.
2 Take shelter in the teachings. Apply preferred teachings HERE__________.
3 Take shelter in the Sangha. Or community. Or congregation. Or whatever.
Let me mention my friend Rev. angel Kyodo williams
, spiritual director of The Center for Urban Peace.
When I considered attending her meditation classes, I told her I've always been afraid of getting hit on the head with a stick by a Zen Master. She smiled & said, "Oh. But the stick is the reward."