My Stop Motion Video: Cute Statues On An Epic Journey

This video chronicles a beautiful day when two Jizo statues set out across the hills of Marin county for adventure. From sunrise to sunset, they meet other stone Buddhist friends along the way.

Near the top of Mt. Tamalpais, they watch the morning fog roll in with a Buddhist monk. After a brief exchange of delight over what they just saw, the Jizo statues set out for a walk along a mountain ridge toward a beautiful lake.

Wouldn’t it be great to take a dip in the water? Of course! So they walk into the water to soak their cute little toes.

To dry themselves off, they lay on the soft green grass soaking up the warm sunshine. Gazing into one another’s eyes, they remind each other of their own internal beauty and goodness. What a day for a swim!

Walking around the lake, they find a sign that reminds them to ‘SLOW’. Taking the hint, the meander towards a large oak tree by a green meadow, only to discover an adorable Frog Buddha statue! How wonderful! They have a nice chat, commenting on what a beautiful day it is and sharing their joy. Inviting the Frog Buddha to join them on their continued journey, Mr Frog preferred to stay under the tree for further meditation. There was nothing he would rather do than to sip in the present moment in the shade.

So the Jizo lovers set forth for the mountain tops again, this time closer to the ocean. Walking along the ridge with a wondrous view of the water brought smiles to their faces.

And whad’ya know!? They stumbled upon a meditating Buddha! What good fortune! Relaxing with Mr. Buddha for a while, the Jizo statues gained newfound energy and a rise in spirits. Inspiring was the view and the good company, indeed.

Getting warm from the afternoon sun, they descended down the mountain for the shade of the redwoods. There they found a mossy bed to lay on in the bend of an old redwood tree.

Life is better together, isn’t it? Yes. With you, always. Now let’s go to the beach. What a great idea! And so they went.

Walking down the mountain, through a park, and onto the sandy beach at Stinson, these cute little Jizo’s traipsed their way to the water and serendipitously found another Buddhist monk!



Author: Sean Fargo
About Sean Fargo At the peak of his career as Director of Asian Operations for AsiaEXP, Sean Fargo traded in his worldly aspirations to explore the inner life by ordaining as a Buddhist monk for two years in the Thai Theravada tradition. Since disrobing in 2010, he has supported thousands of meditation practitioners at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, facilitated mindfulness classes in San Quentin and Solano State Prisons, and has lead several workshops at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teen retreats. A dedicated student of spirituality and mindfulness, he has studied with Jack Kornfield, Analayo Bhikkhu, Phillip Moffitt, and many other teachers in the US and Asia. His teaching path is guided by Guy Armstrong, Senior Teachers Council member for both Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society. Founder of MindfulnessExercises.com, he offers secular mindfulness e-courses with certifications available for personal and professional skill sets. Enrolled in New Ventures West's Coaching Certification Program, Sean expects to certify as an Integral Life Coach in November 2014. He graduated with honors from University of California at Santa Barbara’s Global Studies Department in 2000. Sean offers private instruction to adults, teens, companies, and organizations. Contact Sean Fargo for more info.

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