Solace and Simplicity

At Nanzoin Temple in Sasaguri, Fukuoka, Japan lies the world’s largest Reclining Bronze Buddha. In Buddhist philosophy, the Reclining Buddha symbolises the moment Gautama the Buddha achieved Nirvana, liberation from the cycle of human earthly life, after a lifetime of seeking enlightenment and sitting in meditation. The Buddha’s face depicts simple serenity. There is balance, a sense of absolute harmony. Buddha’s feet, inlaid with intricate designs of gold are remarkable. This …

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What is Harmony?

Harmony is a state of balance. For me, the circle is a symbol of perfect harmony.  A circle is infinite.  It represents endless continuity with no corners or sharp edges. All points are of equal distance from the centre within a circle. A circle is balanced in its very nature. Circles are replicated as symbols in human art and represented in our everyday living. 茶道, tea ceremony, trà đạo, la cérémonie …

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