Fasting Siddhartha (Sakyamuni Buddha)
From Sikri, Pakistan
Kushana period (30–375 AD)
Schist. H: 84 cm
Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
It is an image of the Buddha on the night of his enlightenment. He had just completed six years of extreme asceticism; he had starved himself and was nearly naked. His belly is obviously shrunken, along with his gaunt cheeks, and his blood vessels stand out clearly over his emaciated rib cage. The stone carving is remarkably detailed. The Dalai Lama has never seen the statue in person, only pictures of it.
"You say this is your favorite statue of the Buddha?" I asked. "What do you see?"
"It clearly conveys the message that is taught in the Buddhist texts," the Dalai Lama said. "It shows how we must undertake many hardships during spiritual practice for countless eons. This is clearly demonstrated in his life, and in this statue. When we compare the hardship that we have undergone to the Buddha, then we clearly see how spoiled we are.
What we really need is the determination to work hard. Like Milarepa and many authentic lamas and masters, they all spent time in hardship and then they had high spiritual realizations. It is very difficult to achieve anything if we follow the easy way. For instance, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche also took hard practice by isolating himself in a cave for three years. Later in his life, he actually shed tears from happiness when he recalled that time in the cave. It was years of hard work and meditation, but it was the happiest period of his life. So that is the proper way. I think many of us, including myself, are hoping to achieve Buddhahood easily.”
Thomas Laird, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama
his life was totally in danger.
True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.
Wonder how much those kids got? Fuck this cocksucker.
Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.
Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!
I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“
- Autumn In The White Carpathians
- Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
- Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
- Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Autumn Path
- Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
- Dark Hedges In Ireland
- Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
- Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring
Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014
Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem
Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly
Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz
Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis
Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem
Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba
Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi
Photograph #10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
You ought to know,
That every bit shows I like you free.
We feel you breathe and why should I?
I still love you.
Feeling fonder, left wounded
I can’t love you.
And we believe a fonder reel
Pulls in catch too big to feel.
I love you somehow and its better.
It works out,
It calms me down.
I’m glad I know you.
I’m glad I know you.
And happiness it does exist,
But I don’t know that this is it.
In feeling warm like no one does.
I love you when you’re still in it.
So hold me higher, I caught you
And you caught me and this I see.
I’m blinded, I’m fixed and fine,
And ripe and stained, and washed and dried.
Meet me there to see the rest,
It’s already half dead proving you made it happen.
After it’s done,
I’ll already be there
Giving you a hand.
Glad to see you made it in.
Beauty holds a place for you in my head.
- Your New Twin Sized Bed
Your New Twin Sized Bed
by Death Cab For Cutie
"What’s the point of holding on to what never gets used, other than a sick desire for self-abuse?"
Wow - can’t believe no one ever figured this out before. Can’t wait to try this for ourselves!
This is just crazy. Anyone else found this?