Sunday, September 03, 2006
Bliss: Joy from Deep Within
On the 3rd floor of the hotel There are 18 statues of various Monks/Decipals of Buddha. The one of Kanaka the Vasta caught our eye.
The inscription reads...
Happy Lohan Kanaka the Vasta
Decimating the demons. The universe now cleared. Hands raised for jubulation. Be wild with joy. Kanaka the Vasta was a well-known public speaker and debater of the Buddhist doctrines. When asked what is happiness, he would answer that it is experienced through the five senses. When asked what is bliss, he would reply that bliss is joy coming not from the five senses but from deep within, like feeling Buddha in his heart.
He often wore a smiling countenance during debates and was famous for his preachings on happiness, therefore he is called the Happy Lohan.