Planting Jizōs requires three key ingredients; positive intention, open-heartedness and a splash of humor. Many times we sprinkle Jizō in a location that we sense healing is necessary, other times we find a funny place to place a Jizō to be found quickly mōinly at the eye level of a child and still other times we get a little tricky with our Jizō placement that might allow the Jizō to rest there for awhile touching those that pass by with protection, hope, peace, grace or joy - depending what is missing. Blessings are also offered as each littlest big hearted monk is placed with love and typically in the form of a mantra, metta prayer of loving kindness phrase such as, May you or we be happy, well, safe, joyful, healed, loved and so on. (Blog post to come).
In Japan, Jizō is the protector and patron of women, children and travelers! He's the littlest big hearted monk and is quite beloved for serving those who suffer, need extra protection & want to experience or offer others joyful living. I'm making little stone painted Jizōs to leave wherever we go in our Zen Den to spread peace, love and protection and maybe make someone smile!
Jizō truly is “Friend to all” ! Kuyatsu
Planting Jizōs not only in the deserts of Tucson, on the red rocks of Sedona and the river banks of Colorado - Jizō have landed all over the world from Sweden to Scotland, Paris to Canada and Germany to Spain and so many places in between!