“All composite things are like a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, and a shadow, are like a dew-drop and a flash of lightning; They are thus to be regarded.”
=Gautama Buddha, The Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra, translated by D.T. Suzuki
Everything’s plastic, we’re all going to die sooner or later, so what does it matter.
One of the key points of the Heart Sutra is the teaching of the temporariness of all things and the illusionary quality of all beliefs. The things you value aren’t going to last, and in most cases, you yourself will outlast them. Why should you get worked up over something that is meant to pass away? This will only cause you and perhaps others suffering.
Not only is this true of material goods such as electronics and cars, it is especially true of emotions and feelings. The intoxication you feel when you drink is only a temporary illusion that does no good. How many times have you thought yourself to be involved with a love meant to last that only faded with time? Why dedicate yourself to these illusions, when you know they will pass with time?
Everything on this earth is temporary. Every concept, even the concept of the soul, is an illusion based on these temporary things. Even the senses that take in these forms are an illusion. That means there’s really nothing worth attaching yourself to on this planet, be it a cause, idea, or a material thing. The only thing worth valuing is the release from this way of life, which only causes suffering through it’s temporary and illusionary nature.
I’m not sure if I completely believe this or not, and it’s also my own interpretation of Buddhist scripture….I am not a theologian.
But it IS a concept that I’m currently exploring. What do you think?
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