What Do You See?

buddha_eyesWhen we were children, everything seemed bigger ―people, animals, cars, buildings. If we look upon tem years later, they seem smaller, reduced. A child’s perspective, like that of an adult, is always relative, and it reflects the position and conditions of the observer.

Let us imagine for a moment that there is a dead squirrel on the side of the road. Upon noticing, a Buddhist monk sees a fellow sentient being in need of prayer, a city employee sees a chore, a dog sees something interesting to sniff, a scavenger bird sees food, and a fly might see a good place to deposit some eggs.

All beings see according to their dispositions. Just like our appreciation of the size of objects changes as we abandon our children’s bodies, the consciousness of all beings reflects the capacities and limitations innate to their present forms.

There is no objective and veridical perception. There is no single reality. We only perceive what the senses and consciousness associated with this human form allow us to perceive.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to What Do You See?

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年03月14日 (週六) 11:41 PM 寫道﹕

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