Whispering Little Buddhas
I started sculpting Ksitigarbha when I was travelling in the Nepalese countryside.Ksitigarbha, known as Jizo in Japan, is a prominent Buddhist diety. One of the four primary bodhisattvas in East Asian Buddhism, Ksitigarbha is usually depicted as a Buddhist monk who has vowed to purge suffering in hell. The name can be translated into "Earth treasure" or "Earth matrix", signifying Ksitigarbha's responsibility in saving all beings in the world.
As I was travelling alone, relying on the people I was meeting for food and shelter, I needed to find a way to thank them. As a gift, I carved scuplture of Ksitigarbha to thank them for their hospitality.
Today I still sculpt Ksitibarbha. They whisper to me and make me fully enjoy the days.
- Photo by Masashi Koizumi