Sidd in the Shadow of the Masons

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This photograph taken in the Benson area of south Omaha shows the Travelin Buddha Sidd in the shadow of the Masonic Temple.
I had to stand on the sidewalk and hold Sidd up with my left hand and take the photo with the right hand all while trying to keep the Buddha as well as the camera still, not such an easy task when there are cars going by, people looking at you etc...I applied a saturation filter, (turned way down to get a grayscale image), then employed a threshold filter to obtain the image you see. The Buddha propagated tolerance and understanding for all as well as other schools of thought and religions. Although I do not know how he feels about an organization of such dubious and mysterious origins. Violence in ANY form under ANY pretext whatsoever, is absolutely against the teachings of the Buddha. Now I am not saying the Masons are violent, it is simply an analogy and a narative, however the past says alot and the past for such an organization certianly has some violence in its history. They do perfrm charitable work and people are fond of discriminitive labels as they even go to the length of putting them on human qualities and emotions common to all. So they talk of different 'brands' of charity, as for example, of Buddhist charity or Christian charity, and look down upon other 'brands' of charity. But charity cannot be sectarian; it is neither Christian, Buddhist, Hindu nor Moslem, Lutheran, Seventhday Adventist, Masonic or Catholic. The love of a mother for her child is neither Buddhist nor Christian etc; it is mother love. Human qualities and emotions like love, charity, compassion, tolerance, patience, friendship, desire, hatred, ill-will, ignorance and conceit etc need no setarian labels, they belong to no particular religions or schools of thought.

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (2 May 2010):

    Although I am LOL as I picture your contortions and the glances you are getting from passerbys, I am also solemnly moved by your analogies.

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