The Buddha lamp

Buddha LampThis lamp was once the valued possession of my now departed mother-in-law. She’s gone, but the lamp remains.

It’s been on a journey, as various relatives tried to find a place for it. None seem content with it. Now it’s at my house.

I don’t believe I’ve seen other religious icons made into light fixtures. The Buddha seems to have taken the transformation in stride. Still, it’s certainly not very dignified.

Nobody seems to want the lamp, yet we hang on to it for purely sentimental reasons.

Ironically, Buddhists have something important to say about that kind of attachment. From Wikipedia: “The Three Marks of Existence are impermanence, suffering, and not-self. The doctrine asserts that because things are impermanent, attachment to them is futile and leads to suffering.”

Admittedly, the human suffering here is insignificant. But there it is. We either suffer with the Buddha lamp, or suffer with idea of discarding grandma’s parlor light from the house in Summit City. And along with it, a part of her in our memory. Our attachment to the impermanent is the source of the anxiety.

And so the Buddha lamp offers illumination, with both warm light and insight.

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4 Responses to The Buddha lamp

  1. Tory Smith says:

    This lamp is beautiful though, I would love to find out where it is from.

  2. DeAnna says:

    I will buy this lamp!
    My grandmother bought this EXACT lamp in the 1970s, when she began her Buddhist practice in Los Angeles.
    I grew up with this lamp, and loved it so much.
    I began practicing buddahism myself as an adult, and was always connected to the energy of the buddah lamp in my Nanas house.
    I inherited 4 years ago and trusted my friend to care for it while I was traveling.
    A terrible break in occurred and the lamp was destroyed.
    I was devistated, and have been searching for a duplicate…and here it is!
    Please let me know if you would let me buy this to you.
    It means a lot to me, my family,and our spiritual heritage.


  3. DeAnna says:

    Hi again,
    Any luck ?is there hope for me?

    • Skip@RR says:

      Yes, Deanna. We are pleased to see him go to a good home where he will be appreciated. Do you live near Redding? It’s heavy. What are you offering? I sent you an email. Maybe it went to spam. -Skip

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