Optimize Your Environment

For many people, their living environment is simply a place to lay their head at night and go to between the hustle and bustle of daily life or for others merely a storage compartment for all their many possessions.   But what many people don’t realize is that our personal homes and spaces are often a reflection of ourselves and our internal states.  The way you maintain and care for your home can speak wonders for how you are feeling inside.  If your personal space is cluttered, crammed, or overwhelming, it might suggest some internal struggle, or even perhaps infiltrate stress into your life.

Taking some time to organize, purge the unnecessary, and add some personal touches to your home can alleviate stresses and become a calming presence in your life.  Buddhist principles stress simplicity.   Although minimalism is encouraged, I believe that our homes should be regarded as a sanctuary of sorts; a safe place where we can unwind and be surrounded with things that make us joyful.  Take away all the unnecessary things and replace them with a few objects that make you happy.  If art is medium of relief for you, create a space just for painting.  The same goes for music, crafts, writing, or whatever it is you like to do to bring yourself ease and contentment.

10″ Teaching Gandhara Buddha Statue by Lotus Sculpture $115

If spirituality is important to you, create a space for meditation or private reflection.  Someplace quiet, simple, and away from the chaos that may be your household on a daily basis.  Even consider bringing a meditative tool into your life, a teaching Buddha Statue, to help with your focus and as a constant reminder of the necessity for practice.

As William Morris once said,

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Fill Up Your Karmic Piggy Bank

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Many Americans are at least minutely familiar with the concept of Karma.  We all learn in grade school about the universal laws of cause and effect or more accurately termed, Newton’s Laws of Motion: to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.   The concept of Karma is very similarly defined but relating to our awareness rather than simply physical matter.  Karma is the broad universal concept of cause and effect or action and reaction, which governs all consciousness.  This means that everything we do, think, say, or encourage others to do produces either positive or negative karma.  The karma that we produce both effects this lifetime, and our lifetimes to come.

When many people hear this they immediately think that this implies that our actions are not freely governed or that everything that happens to us is out of our control and already fated based on our past.  But this is not the case.  Karma should not be thought of as predestined fate, as we all act with free will creating our own destines.  If we sow goodness in our lives we will reap goodness.  We have the power to influence our Karmic piggy banks in a positive way with every kind gesture and thought.  Although not all Karma is realized immediately or in this lifetime, it will come back to us in other lifetimes.

Through positive actions, unadulterated thoughts, prayer, mantras, and meditation we can all reconcile the influence of karma in this present life and turn our destinies for the better.   Its never a bad time to remember to be kind unto others, or as our mothers always taught treat others the way you want to be treated.  I believe the world could benefit from a lot more kindness.  The next time you see someone struggling with a bag of groceries, lend a helping hand.  The goodness you bring to the world every day will shine back on you.  You can shape your future as you wish it.

Buddhism & the Environment: Show Loving-Kindness to All

Taking care of the earth and all its living creatures is an essential part of Buddhist practice.  Within the vast array of Buddhist teachings, 3 relate directly to the exercise of taking care of our sacred planet.  The first of these is what is referred to as ‘interdependent origination’ in which Buddhists believe that nothing on this earth has independent existence.  All of earth’s creatures can be thought of as a thread on the same great tapestry of the universe and therefore intrinsically linked together.   Our interactions keep the tapestry in a constant state of flux.  So in essence whatever conditions happen to one, happen to all.

The second teaching is the First Precept, or ‘do not kill.’   This entails that we must not directly harm another living creature nor allow others to kill for us.  This has enormous implications, as believers must make sure that every product they buy is produced or obtained without destruction of the environment.  Obviously keeping track of everything would be an arduous task for any individual, so one must at least be mindful and not blatantly disregard the origins of purchases.

The last teaching is called ‘metta’ or showing loving-kindness towards every being.  This means that we must show kindness even towards things we do not like or find trivial.  As the metta sutta put it,

“As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.”

22″ Garden Lava Stone Buddha Statue in Wai Position by Lotus Sculpture $690

We should all put forth a better effort to be more mindful of our environments in order to help take care of our sacred earth.   Even adopting simple practices such as recycling, planting a small vegetable patch, or riding a bike every once and a while instead of driving can make a big impact.  And don’t forget to enjoy your environment.  Keep your yard healthy and thriving while enjoying its beauty and tranquility.

The Best Testimonial about a Buddha Statue

“We are so grateful to Lotus Sculpture for providing beautiful, spiritual works of art that truly enhance not only the environment of personal space…but, also, the environment of the soul.”
~Lisa and Gregory~

We are happy to shareWooden Buddha statue an email from customers about a Buddha statue they received from Lotus Sculpture:

“Hi Kyle:

I want you to know just how very much Lisa and I absolutely love our new Buddha statue! The warm color and texture of the wonderfully-carved, large wooden form…the richness of the contrasting gold leaf accenting the intricate, flowing lines of the Buddha’s robe…

This beautiful statue now has pride of place in our living room. And while it is certainly an impressive piece of art, it is also an object that contributes to the peaceful serenity of our home’s primary living space. (Lisa has commented on several occasions since the Buddha’s arrival that I seem “a bit more calm than usual.” Nice.)

We were thrilled when the box from Lotus Sculpture arrived. (We had been tracking the Buddha’s journey across the country using the UPS link you so thoughtfully provided in your email order confirmation.)

As an art educator, Lisa has certainly seen her share of “un-crate-ings” at numerous museums and galleries – and even she was very impressed with the quality of packing and the obvious care with which the Buddha was shipped.

When the Buddha was revealed, after we carefully removed the top layer of packing, one could actually hear our unison, audible gasp. As excellent as your online photos are, they simply can’t do justice to the beauty of the three-dimensional piece in person.

We are thrilled with our purchase. Having this work of art in our care is a joy. And, equally so, has been the experience of, once again, dealing with Lotus Sculpture.

Kyle, your love and passion for these wonderful pieces of art…your commitment to ethical, dignified business practices…and a customer service and in-process communication flow that is second-to-none…wow!

In a phrase: We are so grateful to Lotus Sculpture for providing beautiful, spiritual works of art that truly enhance not only the environment of personal space…but, also, the environment of the soul.

Thanks and blessings,
-Lisa and Gregory

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