Buddha in MeditationBy Sanjay Biswas
Buddha in Meditation
(3 x 2 ft) Acrylic on Canvass
Seated on the ground with legs crossed, hands resting in the lap, torso upright, shoulders balanced, eyes half open in a relaxed gaze, and with a soft, gentle smile, the image of the Buddha in meditation is the most universal and easily recognized. The classic image of the Buddha meditating shows him with a subtle half-smile, showing that happiness is an important aspect of the Buddhist path. His eyes are half open symbolizing he was equally aware of himself as he was of the world. The Buddha did not make a sharp distinction between attention to his inner personal life and to the outer world around him. It is also said that his eyes are open so as to see, with compassion, the suffering of the world.