The Suburban Monk

Mini Inspirational Monk

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Reviews (4.8 out of 5 Grommets)

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7/24/2020 by Carolyn

I bought this as a "cheer up" gift, and it fits the bill. It is small and has a great smile which makes you want to smile. I hope my friend looks at it when he's down and gets enough of a smile, to start and turn his day around. It was a little expensive for what it was, but I am glad I bought it.


Love this little guy!

7/20/2020 by Ann

He is absolutely my favorite Buddha in my collection. He makes me smile every time I look at him...great purchase!!


Makes me Smile

11/15/2019 by Maria

This little monk is SO adorable and every time I look at him, it brings a smile to my face. I placed him on my desk calculator, and he truly is a little bundle of joy. I enjoy his expression and thumbs up so much I ordered two more for friends. Thank you for bringing happiness to our otherwise uncertain and sometimes scary world with this little guy. He's a little blessing. It's true what they say, "good things come in little packages."


Makes me smile!

7/29/2019 by Judy

Syd is your own little cheerleader!


Cute desk accessory

7/16/2019 by Jaclyn

I occasionally deal with depression & anxiety, and try to boost my mood at work with little things to cheer myself up, like a favorite quote on the wall, or small plants. This is a great little desk decoration that looks cheerful and also reminds me to incorporate some mindfulness meditation into my day.


creates joy!

6/12/2019 by Eileen

Gave a this encouraging Buddha to a few friends that were feeling overwhelmed with stuff at work. Such a cute, encouraging reminder that " You Got This!"


Cute Gift!

2/19/2019 by GKL

This little monk is adorable and very well made - cute gift for a colleague, friend, anyone... Looks adorable on my desk and makes me happy.



2/13/2019 by Pilar



Joyful Yellow Little Syd at last!

1/24/2019 by Donna Marie

I finally got monked!
Wanted this little guy forever!
Little Syd makes me smile and helps me stay happy on days that might be challenging.
The Grommet was a pleasure to buy from and I follow both The Grommet and the inspirational stories from The Suburban Monk both on Facebook!


Love Syd!

12/22/2018 by Julia

Yes, my Suburban Monk came with a name! I LOVE Syd ~ he makes my heart smile. He's small enough to show up in interesting places and is very photogenic. Also loved the interpretation of his color ~ periwinkle ~ "representing peace and equanimity". Indeed, he fits the bill in his bio ~ soothes and calms the nerves ... and helps us to speak our truth. So fun!

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The Suburban Monk Story

How can you not smile at Syd?

Blissful Buddha

Syd the laughing monk gives you two thumbs up, a joyous smile, and overall good vibes.

This miniature statue comes in a myriad of glossy colors with different meanings. For example, indigo stands for intuition while the more discreet ebony represents protection and elegance.

Maker Ellen Atkins was in a transitional stage of life and found a fun way to cope. She would dress up a laughing monk statue on her desk with affirmations and quotes. It was a simple gesture that brought her great joy. Now Syd brings color and amusement to other people.

Keep this little guy nestled between books on a
shelf, holding your rings with his little arms, spreading good vibes in the kitchen, or hanging out on a friend’s desk. Regardless of where you place him, you’ll find him thumbs-up and mid-chuckle. Read More Read Less