Saturday 6 November 2010


A nineteenth century Japanese wooden statue of a monk in the current British Museum exhibition of Buddhist art. In a room full of fragile, precious things - thence the low light - many were too intricate and laden with religiosity to speak much to what Buddhism means to me, but this and some other nineteenth-century figures of monks, from Japan and from Burma, I found very beautiful and affecting. 

(mmm... so much for choiceless awareness)

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