J. Kevin Byrne
Mia's Mudra, Digital Photograph

Inspired by:

Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, 12th centuryArtist: Unknown Japanese Wood with lacquer and gold

What does inspiration mean to you?

The Amitābha photographed here in Mia’s Sit Gallery captures a spiritual gesture of hands known as mudra: wisdom (symbolized by a raised hand) is obtainable by the everyone, high or low, whereas the outstretched hand shows that his/her compassion is aimed towards at the lowest beings, who cannot so easily save themselves. Such high and low symbolism herein seemed to me to be echoed by the IDS Tower and other skyline architecture at a distance in contrast to the ground-level Morrison Park shown closer, all too often home to the homeless.

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