Zen Buddhist Monk -- I admire the spiritual dedication of Zen Buddhist monks. They are determined yet calm in their practice--their example inspires my own meditative journey. That kind of commitment is rare in this world--and therefore I bow to them. It isn't out of submission but out of respect.
mossy Jizo statue at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan. Jizo Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) is one of the most beloved figures of Japanese Buddhism. He is known in particular as the protector of deceased children.
This little figure is so sweet, he is called Jizo (地蔵) Jizo are stone images placed along pathways. They look like little monks and indeed their origin was influenced by Buddhism. But they belong more to folk beliefs. He is the protector of women, children, and travelers in the six realms of existence. Jizo is special to pregnant women and to those whose children have died.