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“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.” ― Rumi

Buddha-ful Fall by Guy Gene, via Flickr

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

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.

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.

The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable. – Matthieu Ricard

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.

"Buddha Hands". 12th century. Wood with traces of lacquer and gold. | Minneapolis Institute of Arts | ©gamelaner, via flickr

Frogner Park is a public park located in the borough of Frogner in Oslo, Norway. The park contains the world famous Vigeland Sculpture Park designed by Gustav Vigeland. Photo by Tom Simonsen

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