Buddhism ~ The Four Vows

However innumerable sentient beings, I vow to save them.

However inexhaustible the passions, I vow to extinguish them.

However immeasurable the dharmas, I vow to master them.

However incomparable the Buddha’s truth, I vow to attain it.


“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. “

This picture painted by the Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo is called “Buddha” but what is the symbolism behind the peaceful face? Isn’t it what is meant by the word “Enlightenment”? Look closer and you will see that the symbols of different religions are parts of one person. Isn’t it because all the religions are like flowers on the same tree and enlightenment means realization of the virtues which are the same in all the religions?

The chin of Buddha is made of his disciples bowing in namaskar. The lower lip is like the sahasrara chakra (1000-petal from Sanskrit). Ears are represented by Shri Ganesha and Shri Kalki. There is the tree of life constituting the forehead and the dove representing the Holy Spirit in the area of the fontanel bone. This is to name a few. May be you will also see something else.

2 comments on “Buddhism ~ The Four Vows

  1. Hi Dave: After reading your posts for all this time, I just clicked on the link at the bottom of your posts (silk roads, etc). It’s a treat to read some of your blogs. The one that prompted me to comment on the above is your comment about the picture “Buddha”. You refer to the lower lip using the word “chakra”. I must have led a sheltered life because I only heard that term recently during the period when my twin brother passed away (August 09). A hospice nurse used it in describing the concept and demonstrated the effect of chakras by dangling a crystal over the top of his head. The circular motion of the crystal was amazing (for one just realizing the concept). I have since done some light reading about chakras and am even more intrigued about it. Since you apparently have more than a passing acquaintance with Buddhism and the mores and methods of that part of the world. I carry a crystal on a chain with me and have demonstrated it several times in the last few months and rarely find anyone who is even aware of the concept. Maybe it’s the company I keep (lol). I also share your political views, so let’s just say, I have become a fan and will continue to follow your blogs.


    Jim Taylor
    Palm Coast FL (Orig from Pike Co. and Louisville KY)

  2. Thanks for the kind words Jim. I learn new things about Buddhism all the time. I’m a novice. It’s a peaceful philosophy in my opinion. Not perfect and not a perfect history as is the case with all human things.

    Keep learning. It’s about the best we can do.

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