Sidd at the Wainwright Tomb in Bellefontaine Cemetery
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I made it to a JPG meet-up in St Louis in April of this year (2012) and in great anticipation, I took Sidd the Travelin Buddha along for the trip, we both were excited at the prospect of visiting this most beautiful, famous and legendary burial ground.
When time permitted, I returned to spend several hours wonering around exploring and taking over 600+ photos.
This image is of Sidd at the Wainwright tomb, a most beautiful resting place for one Charlotte wife of Ellis Wainwright.
In 1891, Ellis Wainwright, a young St. Louis millionaire brewer, commissioned Louis Sullivan to design the tomb for his beautiful young wife. Sullivan had just completedthe Wainwright Building in St. Louis, one of the masterpieces of architecture and generally considered to be the first skyscraper in the world.
In the mausoleum, Sullivan combined two ancient forms: a half circle with a cube. The only ornament is a border of stone richly incised with tulipand leaf motifs. The double doors are bronze grills, framed by delicate stone carvings in a snowflake pattern. Sullivan’s draftsman for the project was Frank Lloyd Wright, whose influence can also be seen.
This unique tomb is considered the Taj Mahalof St. Louis and in 1970 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is indeed an aweinspiring piece of architecture that must be seen to be appreciated.
On either end of the tomb were massive and ornate iron coverings over the glass, a perfect setting for Sidd.
He who reveres those worthy of reverence,
the Buddhas and their disciples,
who have transcended all obstacles
and passed beyond the reach of sorrow and lamentation —
he who reveres such peaceful and fearless ones,
his merit none can compute by any measure.
Dhammapada (Words of Wisdom)
Chapter 14 verse 15
What this passage tells us is that if one chooses and endeavors to revere those who have spent their life doing what is good and has undertaken the chore to awaken others, thier woth can not be computer by any means at any time.
Doing good does not mean gathering wealth or riches, fame or glory, but good meaning helping others less fortunate in any way possible.
One can do good and accomplaish great things with out having nary a penny.
It is how one treats others in any situation or setting. Without judgement or thought of publicity, without compensation or recognition.
This is the Teaching of many who have walked this earth, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna or whomever, each strove to help others realize and awaken, to reach enlightenment in their lifetime.
The Wainwright tomb is a testament to the beauty and love Ellis had toward Charlotte.
Sidd has the same manner of love for each of us regarless of any circumstance.
St Louis Missouri
20 April 2012
Also by Steven Schutz
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