10 February 2012

Monkeys reaching for the moon

The condition that we find ourself in doesn't really make much sense.

Life, ultimately, is awry.

The way that this condition has been described in a lot of English translations of Buddhist texts is suffering.

Not being a linguist, and not knowing any Pali or Sanskrit or anything besides my own understanding of what I've read and learned, I don't think that English word really matches up with what we have.

What we have is confusion. Everything is awry, askew, split, confusing.  There is a great story about it, but telling that story wouldn't be nearly as interesting as watching a nice old animated version of that story, so here  is a nice link to "Monkeys Reaching for the Moon".  Tell me what you think about it if you'd like.

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