Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Hungry Ghosts are are part of Buddhism's six realms of existence. I first read about them in Mark Epstein's book, THOUGHTS WITHOUT A THINKER. These gross little guys seem to represent intense craving and addiction. They have tiny little mouths and skinny necks, and they have hugely distended, big bellies. They can never be full, never satisfied.
They are hideous little things, appropriate images for addiction. I struggle with it every day and I believe that the root of all suffering is this kind of craving for more-than or other-than what we have and are at this moment. I am here, but I want to be there. I have this, but I want that.
I have this much, but I need a little more. I look at this image and I feel like I not only know these guys but may be related to them! :)
I am captivated by this Hungry Ghost thing and just had to share.
What a beautiful day. Spring really is here.
Happy Tulip Time, all.