Chevrefeuille of CDHK is focusing on the work of Milarepa this week. He has posted this poem together with a commentary as to its Buddhist meaning. Prompt: songs of milarepa 3
Listen to me, dear shepherd, the protector [of sheep)!
By merely hearing about sugar’s taste,
Sweetness cannot be experienced;
Though one’s mind may understand
What sweetness is,
It cannot experience directly;
Only the tongue can know it.
In the same way one cannot see in full the nature of mind,
Though he may have a glimpse of it
If it has been pointed out by others.
If one relies not on this one glimpse,
But continues searching for the nature of mind,
He will see it fully in the end.
Dear shepherd, in this way you should observe your mind.
I have to admit I’m lousy at Buddhist meditations where you observe your mind. I guess it’s about ultimately realizing emptiness – another Buddhist concept I’m lousy at. I would have to say I am a failed Buddhist. I’m more of Taoist really.
What intrigues me about the nature of the mind is how our minds are changing because of the internet. I made the collage below in an attempt to express how access to the internet has expanded my view of the world. It’s true too much social media can be a collosal distraction and confusion but for me, the benefits of the internet far outweigh the negatives.
– collective consciousness
enriches us all
(collage constructed from magazine photos)