Friday, April 1, 2011

Project 365 - Still Small

This is Jizo.  He is a tiny little fellow that sits on a table in my front hall.  In Buddhism, Jizo is the embodiment of the Bodhisattva Vow, the aspiration to save all beings from suffering.  He is also said to be the protector of life's travellers through the Six Realms of Existence, guiding them through both the spiritual and physical.

I love that he is most often depicted as a child.  The idea of innocence and serenity taking the weary through all states of existence from Hell to Nirvana.  Waiting with tiny hands for each rebirth.