The Buddha – Unusual Points Of View

“In fact, everything we encounter in this world with our six senses is an inkblot test. You see what you are thinking and feeling, seldom what you are looking at.”
~ Buddhist Quote

Budha - Wat Bang Kung - Bangkok
Budha – Wat Bang Kung – Bangkok

There is nothing insignificant in this world.
It all depends on the point of view.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Buddha, Todai-ji - Nara, Japan
Buddha – Todai-ji – Nara, Japan

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

72 thoughts on “The Buddha – Unusual Points Of View

  1. Great shots Madhu and I love the quotes. Buddha was so wise. πŸ˜€

  2. Great take on this and the quotes are not less great! I love the buddhist one and of course Goethe, but as a woman I have to admire Simone de Beauvoir…

  3. This reminds of one of the very first few posts I read from your blog…the one with a giant Buddha picture. πŸ˜‰

  4. magnificent glimpses of the buddhas … and telling quotes inviting us all to look afresh … thanks Madhu πŸ™‚

  5. What our life experiences and reference points say is the truth – truth for us – but as long as we humble ourselves that there could be greater truths.

    All good wishes,
    P/s Unusual shots indeed.

  6. Dear Madhu,
    I love your own unique POV that you bring to this challenge. That last photo is really taken from an interesting angle. Great post!

  7. Madu, we’re so caught up in our [own] selfishness that we forget to “live” in the Gift of the fleeting instant… I wish you a lovely sunday :-)claudine

  8. That “inkblot” quote is so well said and very true!!! [also,very similar to Goethe’s!]
    Really unusual views, Madhu and great angles!
    Happy weekend! πŸ™‚

  9. If only we could banish our arrogance we humans would then see we are just one part of a multitude of others. Really lovely post Madhu, inspiring point of view.

    1. The thing about brilliant quotes is their simplicity. They put into words what we knew all along, but couldn’t articulate.

    1. I was fascinated by the reassurance conveyed by that giant hand Lynne. Happy you felt it too πŸ˜‰

  10. The image of the hand in the second photo is very powerful, Madhu. Very nice!

    1. The hand positions, or Mudras, of the Buddha are full of meaning Elisa. Was trying to focus on the reassurance and safety conveyed by this mudra. Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

    1. Glad you like them Kathryn. Hubby couldn’t figure out what the first one was πŸ™‚

  11. Great shots and fabulous quotes Madhu. I hope you are well and that your weekend is a lovely one πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Ishaiya. A lovely weekend to you too.
      We are in Bangalore to celebrate dad in law’s 92nd! πŸ™‚ Back this week.

  12. A really unusual take on the challenge. The quotes you have used really illuminate your photos.

  13. I am still trying to figure out the view of the first photo. I like the focus on the hands in the second.

    1. Thanks Colline. The first is a Buddha statue with its head and shoulders hidden from view. Only the pedestal and the torso are visible. i considered posting the full shot, but it wouldn’t have met the challenge πŸ™‚

  14. I love the Budhist quote Madhu – it’s such a simple truth that we don’t really think about it until it is pointed out like that. Photos wonderful as always πŸ™‚

  15. Great take on the challenge, Madhu… And a beautifully rich, stunning image. πŸ™‚

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