Existence - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Existence – Photograph by Laura Lecce

This Buddha head enveloped within a tangle of roots belonging to a banyan tree is one of the most recognizable images in Thailand. It is located in Wat Mahathat (a Buddhist temple ruin) in the city of Ayutthaya (the ancient capital of Siam). A temple that was built in the 14th century but later ravaged by invading Burmese which destroyed many of the Buddha statues by lopping off their heads. To me this sacred site is a symbol that even things seemingly destroyed can endure and continue to have a meaningful existence beyond the ruins they have become.

4 thoughts on “Existence

  1. I try to remind myself of this when I see people I think have made poor choices – they are just people struggling to find their way in this world and out of their seemingly ruined life may yet come good. Thanks for the wonderful image.

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    1. Hi Lindy, I’m glad you liked the photo. I think everyone makes poor choices sometimes in life, otherwise we wouldn’t be living or human. Some poor choices just have bigger consequences than others. If everyone’s life was good, no one would appreciate it.


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