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Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to Live

[This essay was originally posted to "The Third Tale," a blog on Weebly. In transferring it I have updated and made corrections where necessary.]

The Dhammapada is a widely-quoted collection of sayings of the Buddha. I read selections (almost) every day, and have learned some by heart.

The quote above is from Chapter 6, Verse 79. Actually, as the numbers are consecutive throughout the book, it is enough to say just "Verse 79"; but the chapters are thematic, and Chapter 6 concentrates on "The Wise."

It reads:

Live in peace and joy
Delight in the truth
Behave like one awakened

As for the picture, it's a heavily-manipulated version of an original photo of the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Japan. I was fortunate to visit him many times when I lived in Yokohama, and I have dozens of shots. The outdoor location is dramatic, with the hills behind and the ocean in front (said to be good feng shui).

Categories: Art, Buddhism, Japan, Peace, Photography, Quotations, Spirituality

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