What do you see when the wind blows among the trees?
Colors splatter the landscape with blooms and the glistening of light
The earth is a breathing, moving thing
It is our mother
Do any souls ever leave us?
Do they really leave us?
Do we leave them?
The earth is our soul
The universe is the sea in which that souls moves
What is that you see in the colors?
When the white reflection shows on the water
The subtle glistening of pollen in the air
There is where the souls of our loved ones peer back at us
And there also we see our own soul
I’m sure you have seen the face of the Laughing Buddha, but have you ever thought about this being the face of God? Every face that we see is the face of God, whether that is each other, Krishna, Jesus, or Budai, the Laughing Buddha. Every person, place, or thing is an avatar of God.
Budai lived during the first century in China. He was a Zen monk who was known for his happiness and jolly appearance. The jolliness of Budai, which survives now in the form of his appearance as the Laughing Buddha, fully and purely expresses the true nature of everything God is. The Laughing Buddha expresses everything that God is: joy, happiness, laughter, and abundance. Continue reading