This is Kanzeon Bodhisattva sitting in a “Royal Ease” pose in my garden. I had been looking for a nice statue of Kanzeon, when this one just appeared! Actually, it had been set out in the community “share” space at my friend’s apartment complex, and he knew I was looking for one, so he brought it over.
On the spiritual path, sometimes we need to tighten up and sometimes we need to lighten up. Statues of Buddha seated in meditation inspire us to equanimity, standing Kanzeons move us to greater compassion, and fiery images of Manjusri Bodhisattva help increase our clarity. But sometimes we need to rest! As summer approaches, take some time out to assume this Royal Ease position.