On The Way…

the contemplations of an aspiring writer, burgeoning Bodhisattva, and lover of all beings…

Tag: Beauty

All That Is Created Will Be Destroyed

While on this earth what do smart and powerful humans do? Build buildings….and on the way destroy wilderness. Are they aware when they construct gorgeous academic cathedrals like this one at Harvard that like their body, this too shall pass away?

I am shopping for grad schools right now and Harvard has just arrived at the top of the list. Not because of the beauty, though this image is pretty compelling, but because of the reputation. What a funny thing. There are amazing professors and courses there, and I do adore Cambridge, but really I like to imagine saying that I got a Ph.D. from Harvard in Tibetan and Himalayan studies. Sigh. I’m glad everything is impermanent because my ignorance and worldly goals won’t last forever. Just as beauty can go from an object of clinging to an object to offer, worldly goals can become transcendent. Just add Bodhicitta. For the true happiness of all beings I will become Buddha in this very life, therefore I will study Tibetan Buddhism, language, and literature at Harvard. Emaho!

I used to hate cities but I have changed my mind (shocking! minds change?). They really are amazing. Though I stand by my previous assertion that when human beings are divorced from nature they devolve slightly. This is demonstrated in the way that people treat one another in cities, whereas in rural areas you find more of a community atmosphere. Of course, I am somewhat of an idealist to perhaps my perception is distorted. It is strange though that at this juncture I am contemplating moving to THE big citiesĀ  – New York and Boston – to study a tradition that was largely cultivated in solitary Himalayan retreats. Ironic maybe?

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Human Body Is Amazing

Though this human body gets ill, requires all sorts maintence, and ultimately will decompose it is a rare and precious gift. According to Buddhist teachings, human birth is a real achievement because it is better suited for practice than others. Hell-beings are too suffering. Hungry ghosts are overcome by hunger. Animals are too obsessed with survival. Demi-gods are ruled by their jealousy. And Gods are blinded by their good fortune.

If taken care the human body can do many amazing things. And according to my perception the human body is beautiful…inside and out!

Why?

This world is full of beauty. So much beauty that I could spend the rest of my life chasing after and basking in all that is beautiful. So, what is stopping me? Where would that get me?

This question dawned on me recently and it opened such a deep well of wonder that I decided to open my contemplation to the public. As a student of Buddhism, the teachings certainly inform my contemplation but according to Buddha’s advice I need to investigate for myself if the teachings are true. I offer this blog to all beings, that we may together discover the truth in Buddha’s teachings and find the swiftest path to the realization of our nature.

On the way, why not take in the sights? As a Buddhist, how do I best enjoy all the beauty that crosses my path everyday?

I will use this blog to share beauty and reflect beauty and contemplate beauty. May my love for all beings expand in all directions just like the beauty that permeates this world.