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Buddha, Thailand, 15th-16th century. Musée Guimet, Paris, France. campra via Flickr

That which lies just under the surface of our consciousness has a powerful influence on what happens in our lives ~ Jeanette Amlie

Relationship means adjustment, it is giving. But at the same time leave some room for the other partner to give. This needs a little skill - to make the other also contribute without demanding. If you demand, the relationship is not going to last long. Demand and blame destroy love.__ Photo: Lapis Buddha mudra

Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin Pusa) with Circular Halo, 581 - 618. Chinese, 6th-7th centuries, Sui dynasty, 581-618. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

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Seated Buddha Reaching Enlightenment, 11th–12th century. Central Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (2012.458) | In Tibet the Buddha images from the 11th and 12th centuries reflect a deep interest in capturing the Buddha’s likeness as it was preserved in north India. Here great emphasis is placed on the Buddha’s humanity as can be seen in the sensitive treatment of his hands, feet and body.

Buddha with a topknot. Gandhara was the region that lies between N.W Pakistan and E. Afghanistan. first mentioned in a text in the 9th C. BCE. Over the next 900 years the region was conquered by Alexander the Great, the Indian Mauryan dynasty, the Parthians, the Indo-Greeks, and finally the Central Asian Kushan Empire. This complex history, with its many cultural influences, formed the foundation for a region where Buddhism flourished and the basis for some of the earlier images of Buddha.

Gilt bronze Buddha statue dated by an inscription on the base to 338 CE. This is the earliest known dated Buddha image made in China and, according to the museum, appears in almost every major publication on early Chinese Buddhist sculpture. Its style is influenced by that of the Gandhara region (parts of modern-day Pakistan, Afghanistan and NW India), which traveled along the Silk Road to China.

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” -Denis Waitley

Carved Buddha statue in wood, slight smile, eyes closed, detailed robes, orange wall, prayer flags, store, Anchorage, Alaska, USA “Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.” -Andrew Carnegie