The image of the Buddha is one of serenity and detachment. No passion here but compassion, a universal compassion for all human beings who must continue to suffer so long as they have not mastered their desires. In both statuary and painting, the posture of the Buddha’s body, the various positions of his hands, his smile communicate absolute calm and mastery of self. For years now, from temple to temple, from country to country, I have been following that tender luminous smile of the Buddha. The way of the Buddha.