Gaze at the Buddha being
KEEP a small statue of Buddha in your room and whenever you have time just look at the statue.
The Buddha statue was not created just as an image; it was created as an object for meditation. It does not represent the real Buddha – he was not like that. It is a metaphor. Rather than representing the Buddha’s physical shape it represents his inner grace. It was not that he was just of the same physical shape, the same face, the same nose and eyes; that is not at all the point. It is not realistic – it is surrealistic. It says something of the real that is beyond the so-called reality, so it is a yantra. Just looking at it one can fall into meditation. That is why thousands of Buddhist statues were created: no other man had so many statues as Buddha. There are temples, single temples, that have ten thousand Buddha statues just to create an atmosphere of meditativeness. Wherever you look you see Buddha, all around, the Buddha shape, the Buddha being, that silence, that grace, those closed eyes, that still posture, that balance, that symmetry. Those Buddha statues are music in marble, sermons in the stones.