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29: Momentary lapse of reason

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Momentary lapse of reason

When i was younger i sometimes dreamt of being famous. Whether a singer or a movie star, i looked up to the ‘stars’ as a youngster.
Now a little older i realize that being famous comes with a big price. First of all a loss of privacy. Not being able to go somewhere without being recognized. Having to live up to others expectations or disappointing people for not living up to their expectations. What a life. And what is even more striking to me, is that being famous is very likely to inflate the ego.
As i can see what pride does in my very anonymous life far from the cameras and media, i cannot imagine what it’s like to having to deal with those issues on a daily basis. So i rather focus on seeing my life as a movie, a film, an illusory display of the mind. So no need to be in others people movies too!

Lately i’ve noticed a wish for simplicity in my life. Less distractions, less fuzz, less buzz. So basically i long for anonymity, like being in a desert where no one can remember your name, for the lack of reverence. America sang about it beautifully. Longing for anonymity does not mean that i don’tΒ  want to interact with the world. But if you’re anonymous, there are no expectations.
Reading the life stories of Patrul Rinpoche (a famous Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the 19th century) illustrates this with beautiful examples.

The book which was composed by Matthieu Ricard (see Enlightend Vagabond – The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche for more info) has multiple stories where this great realized master is disguised as a simple nomadic traveler. And disguised is perhaps not the right word, cause it’s a deliberate choice of the master to wander around like this. In being anonymous, Patrul Rinpoche helps beings without limit, not being limited by the formal ceremonies people perform when they would’ve recognized him. He just wants to be and act out of compassion for all beings. To me he sets a wonderful example of the limitlessness of true unconditional compassion. No need to get praise for the achievements as a master, he is humble and helping wherever possible. When i compare this to the way we treat our stars nowadays, the contrast is striking. We glorify Hollywood stars and Grammy award winning artists and take their opinions serious, sometimes more serious than scientific experts or politicians.

The most important thing i’ve learned from Patrul Rinpoche is that the best thing one can do to counter pride and arrogance, is to practice compassion.

Patrul once wrote:

One: Praise is nonsense – empty and unfounded.
Two: Fame just results in a swollen head
Three: Creating a cache of riches out of offerings creates a rich cache of bad karma

Having given up all these three, May I, Old Dog, die like a dog

source:
Enlightened Vagabond – The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche
by Matthieu Ricard

 

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A Falkirk Bath

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My entry for this week’s monochrome madness as hosted by Leanne Cole

You can see the entire collection from tomorrow at http://leannecole.com.au/blog

Pathway to Plitvice

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Plitvice is an amazing natural park in Croatia. Full of spectacular waterfalls and pristine water, it is a delight to walk through even if you have to share it with many thousand others πŸ™‚
The park contains lots of well maintained pathways such as the boardwalk you can see here. The light shines through the trees and penetrates the water to reveal the colors hidden up until then. What a marvel to behold πŸ™‚

Painting the Church

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The famous Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan celebrated his 144th birthday. Well, he didn’t but the people in our city did. The villa where he used to live in his younger days is now a pretty cool museum and they’ve organized a lot of activities surrounding the birthday of the painter. He’s famous for using colored squares with certain angles, very interesting to see. And as a treat, they’ve painted the local church with a video projection.Β  If you’re interested in the entire projection, check out this link
Warning: Vertical video syndrome! πŸ™‚

And here are some shots to give you an impression how it looked!

Clouds over Stonehenge

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Posted this one before as a cut-out, but wanted to show you guys the full picture too since the clouds looked fantastic on that lovely sunny day in September.. Ofcourse, the picture is taken at Stonehenge!

Photo # 500 – I guess..

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Well.. it is my estimation that this could very well be the #500 photograph i post here on the blog. Don’t to make a big deal out of it, since it’s the love of photography and sharing that makes this blog special to me. So just want to share a photo of Stonehenge, a special place to me. I must admit i kinda expect something magnificient to happen if i would visit Stonehenge, but it was totally different from what i’d expected. This picture shows a bit what i mean. It is way more touristic than i expected it to be lol.. lets just call that naivety πŸ˜›

I’d like to thank all of you who visit this blog! It has been good to see that people like what i like and i’ve seen some great blogs here on wordpress. To be a part of that is the real reward πŸ™‚