A few years ago, when I was browsing on the internet, I came across the Buddha Board. I didn't buy it, but I kept thinking about it. I always want to live more 'in the moment', so the Buddha Board seemed to be perfect for me.
When I was in Vienna at the end of januari this year, I came across the Buddha Board again in a nice gift shop. Since I doubted if it would fit in my backpack - I traveled only with hand luggage - I didn't buy it at first. Later that day I went back to that shop and bought it anyway.
Now it's already more than a month ago that I bought the Buddha Board and I can say I'm pretty happy with it, there are so many different ways to use it!
On their website they describe the board as the following:
"Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece.
The Buddha Board consists of three parts: the board itself, a holder and a brush:
To make it look nice, I've put some small stones in the holder (like they also did in the video you see above). You can buy stones on their website as well, but I don't know if they'r any different from ordinary stones.
You can use the board any way you like: horizontal or vertical. The vertical way can be very useful when you don't have enough space at each side of your board to put it horizontal.
To show you what it looks like, I drew a heart on the surface and made pictures of it fading away. It's the same as you can see in the video above, but my pictures also show what it looks like if you use a bit too much water (second picture).
Besides using the Buddha Board to paint and to 'let go', you can also use it perfectly as a meditation aid! Paint something on the board and focus on the painting while it dissapears. This will distract you from your thoughts and you will live in the present.
And last but not least: it's a perfect tool to doodle without using paper! :)
The Buddha Board I have is the original Buddha Board and it costs about €35,-.
If you don't want to spend this amount of money, you can also buy a cheaper, smaller version. Visit their website to find out more about the other Buddha Boards.
On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.