Cherished Blogfest 2015: Buddha Ball

web weeping buddhaWhen I look at my Buddha Ball
I see the long path of my spiritual life.

BRUGH206192_490660850962285_1415203910_nI first saw a Buddha ball on
day one of a week-long meditation conference held by Brugh Joy.
It was sitting on one of the tables
among a cacophony of spiritual iconography from all traditions.
It was midday, and, unable to do
sit meditation all day, and
not feeling particularly spiritual,
I was looking to draw something.

When I picked it up, I liked the feel of the fist-sized statue in my hand.

I stole it for the week.

I took it with me everywhere, and drew it from all angles.
When Brugh and the group were talking, I drew it while I listened.
During meditation it was my makeshift altar.

I heard someone call it the weeping Buddha during the conference.

I could see that,
but I thought about something Brugh had said to which I could relate:
When you name something, mostly folks stop looking at it anew.
The label becomes what-it-is, and the mystery stops.

An artist knows the importance of
looking at everything with new eyes.

w15-3-2-green-tara-006I considered labeling
when I looked at “my ball.”
I spent days with him and
did not see him weeping.
Not just weeping.
I saw him in a pose of humility.
I saw him in a pose of shame.
I saw him curled tightly.
I saw him as Chenrezig,
who saw the suffering of the world
and cried 21 tears, each tear turning into Tara, the goddess of compassion.
I decided to call him Buddha Ball,
so he would forever remain an object of contemplation, unnameable.

05MayWedding3193AStephen&Debra copyWhen I returned home I went into our
little “spiritual” bookstore and
found him in several sizes.
I bought one I could carry in my hand,
and he found his way onto my eclectic altar,
alongside Guadalupe and Shakyamuni
and buffalo and abalone.
He’s been there ever since.
When I look at him I see my teachers,
beginning with the one who put my foot on
the path of Zen, my brother Stephen.
(Buddha Ball was on my wedding altar too,
behind us in this photo.)

The Jews believe that objects collect the nephesh or part of the soul of a
living person when they are used constantly, handled constantly, or worn.
I imagine my Buddha Ball has a good portion of my nephesh soul accumulation!

I’ve drawn Buddha Ball more than any other object, and painted him big in deep purple and silver acrylic.  He’s been a doodle and a “serious” subject.

And my biggest secret about him?

I often slip him into my pocket or purse when I travel.

Weeping Buddha Prismcolor Pencil

cherished-blogfest-badge3This post was written to celebrate Cherished Blogfest 2015!

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20 Responses to Cherished Blogfest 2015: Buddha Ball

  1. Reblogged this on D.Katie Powell Art and commented:

    Participating in Cherished Blogfest 2015, this one on zenkatwrites, my other blog!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I love the drawings and the easy way you’ve shared the details of you attachment here. I am so glad you chose to participate. I am here courtesy of Kate’s reblog, but i’m glad I’m here.

  3. Lainey says:

    I love this post. Never heard of the nephesh concept before but I totally get it 🙂

  4. bikerchick57 says:

    Very nice, Kate! I love that your cherished object is part of your spirituality. Now, off to visit your other blog site to check out your art…

  5. agmoye says:

    I never heard of a Buddha Ball until now but if it brings you peace and happiness. Great for you.

  6. Interesting to read about Buddha Ball. Lovely poem:)

  7. kdrose1 says:

    Love this!

  8. John Hric says:

    Thanks for sharing Kate ! The ball buddha is an excellent study.


  9. Damyanti says:

    Love the drawings you’ve made– I didn’t know of a Buddha Ball– thank you for widening my horizons.

    Thank you for supporting the Cherished Blogfest– it is posts like this that make it worthwhile for us cohosts.

  10. Never heard of it before, but I am glad you introduced it to me. Nicely written post. Thank you for participating and sharing your heart out with bloggers from all over.

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