But when it comes to us human beings, we often put on layers of protection to keep ourselves safe, but as time goes on, we forget our innate golden nature. Love and kindness are natural ways of being for us all.

Story of the Golden Buddha

“Story of the Golden Buddha” is inspired by events surrounding the discovery of the world’s biggest solid gold statue, although very loosely based on the actual events.

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In the mid-20th century, there was a flourishing monastery in northern Thailand. There were many statues of Buddha there, and one of them was quite big and made of clay. Even though it wasn’t the most spectacular sculpture, the monks loved it since it had been a part of the monastery for decades. One day monks noticed that the statue had developed cracks. It happened during the heat wave right after the rain season.

Curious, one monk pulled out a flashlight and peered through the crack in the clay. A sparkling reflection took him by surprise. So he gathered the other monks, and they cautiously widened the crack. And as they cleared out twelve inches, they were astounded to discover a stunning solid gold Buddha statue.

You see, in the 13th and 14th centuries, to keep the golden Buddha statue safe from raiding tribes, the monks covered it in thick layers of clay. As time passed, the Buddha’s golden center was forgotten, and through generations, everyone thought that it was just a humble clay statue. Nowadays, millions of worshippers go to the temple in Bangkok to see this spectacular golden statue.

But when it comes to us human beings, we often put on layers of protection to keep ourselves safe, but as time goes on, we forget our innate golden nature. Love and kindness are natural ways of being for us all.

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Lovingkindness

Lovingkindness, also known as metta in the Pali language, is a foundational practice taught by the Buddha. It is part of a group of four practices known as the “divine abodes”: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

These practices are all forms of meditation that are used to cultivate Samadhi, or focused attention, from which the powers of the evoked qualities can emerge and transform the heart. However, the essence of all of these practices can be found within mindfulness practices. Even just acknowledging these qualities and making them explicit in our practice can help us to recognize them during mindfulness and incline our hearts and minds towards them, especially during difficult times.

Be Alive 🌱
Love ❤️, Julia

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