The Buddha’s Smile


medium: graphite pencil, poster color

There’s a story about the Buddha and his secret smile that he gave when looking upon a single lotus flower. The Buddha was once a famous man. There was a day when he and all his disciples gathered, and he had gently picked up a lotus flower, gazing at its beauty, when suddenly he gave a smile.
It wasn’t a dazzling smile, nor a flashy one; but one that demonstrated full understanding and enlightenment. And in that room with his students and disciples, there was a single man, other than the Buddha himself, who understood the meaning to that visage, and an understanding grin passed between them.
In my art piece, above, I’ve portrayed this story into its single scene with a splash of color for the flower, emphasizing its beauty.


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