Memories of my visit to Sri Lanka late last year keep surfacing. Not least… the Buddhas. They sit on street corners, amidst the noise of blaring horns and roaring buses (Sri Lankan traffic is frenetic). They are encased in glass, serene and oblivious to the chaos surrounding them, the press of humanity. They seem to gaze over the top of our heads, a Mona Lisa smile on their faces, shining and immaculate in shades of powder blue, light gold or snowy white.
Apart from the urban Buddhas, there are also many country Buddhas. They are generally larger – sometimes extremely large. They stand or sit on hillsides, surrounded by green forest, sometimes on a large rock. They have a better view than the city Buddhas, who generally have a much narrower perspective.
So, after a while, I was constantly looking out for the Buddhas. I wished I could have photographed more of them, but very often they were a fleeting glimpse. Next time I visit Sri Lanka (and I plan to) I will stop and admire them, and bask in their calm gaze.
Here are just a few of them…