So I went to my first of many Buddhist temples yesterday and realized this morning I’d taken away with me a little stowaway called the “Heart Sutra”. Now, what do you do with a stowaway? A busy, keep-on-moving-so-much-to-do-stop-pondering Kim would tuck it away and keep on moving (‘cuz there’s so much to do, naturally :)).
But this little stowaway got into my heart somewhere between the hike, the tram, the bus and the train back…. and I think I’ve decided I’m going to keep it.
(Click on it to read it for yourself)
I’m going to keep it because, though what I think it’s saying (you might see something different) is harder to do then it sounds, it just sounds right to me. The plaque says it has an overall theme of emptiness but I’d say that’s because it’s a cautionary tale. Emptiness is the consequence to those who don’t see that both their goals and the things that make up their path to achieving them are always changing. It’s a warning for us to not be comfortable in what we know or arrogant enough to assume it’s ours because we say so or are holding on to it in any specific moment, …More a “don’t be ‘that guy'”‘… A heads up really. 🙂
- Take nothing for granted
- Let go of the notion that “things” worth being possessed can be
- Understand goals are good but the plan to achieve them isn’t a guarantee and some or all of the things making up that plan will change
- Adjust the plan vs hope the variables will change back and be open to those adjustments changing the goal
Okay. I promise to write about all the funny toilets I’m finding on my journeys or something else to inspire a bunch of giggles next time.
And I’ll always try and include pictures,… Hong Kong pics are here.
And if I haven’t said it yet, leave or take what you will from this. I am. 🙂