Why are Buddha’s eyes half open?

Don’t most of us meditate – or attempt to quiet our minds – by closing our eyes? To block out the stimulation of the world?

That works, right?

Well, quite frankly, I have always had a hard time quieting my mind. It has been the proverbial Monkey Mind. Like herding cats. Or monkeys. I ‘blame’ this on being taught to be hyper-vigilant and productive in my medical research job.