Monday, May 16, 2005

Jizos for peace

"Until the Hells are empty;
I vow not to become a Buddha;
Only after all livingbeings are saved,
will I myself attain Bodhi."
--The Great Vow of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (a.k.a. Jizo)

I made a panel for this project and it sent it in months ago. I am considering doing another, as they are still in need of more panels. Read all about it...
Jizos for Peace

A project to promote peace in the world through art, Jizos for Peace invites people from all walks of life to make a contribution to peace. The mission of Jizos for Peace is to support people in cultivating and expressing peace in their lives. Our hope is that by participating in the project, people will uncover the qualities of Jizo within themselves, and then manifest those qualities in the world around them.


August 6 and 9, 2005 will be the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Japan. In memory of the nearly 270,000 people who died during and soon after the bombing, members of Great Vow Zen Monastery will to take 270,000 images of Jizo to Hiroshima and Nagasaki – one Jizo for every man, woman, and child who died as a result of the atomic bombs. Art panels, banners, origami, ceramic statues, and quilts with Jizo images, each fashioned from the heart of one person, will touch the heart of another.


Usually depicted or shown in the form of a wise and kindly spiritual protector, Jizo is considered the guardian of those who have died. He watches over travelers and is the protector of women and children. Jizo also aids those who are ill. The qualities of Jizo are compassion, optimism, and courage. As each Jizo is drawn or created, the artist sends a thought of peace into the world. Our hope is that the lingering effects of compassion and peace will uplift not only the artist, but each person he or she meets.

Link to further information on the project

It's cheap, it's easy, and it's rewarding.
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