The study room

In essence I wish for the Bodhisattva - the Enlightened Existence.
Why be so fascinated by the dull gleam of a stone when he has all the stars in the sky to look at?- Thomas More, Utopia (1516)

Why be so fascinated by the dull gleam of a stone when he has all the stars in the sky to look at?

- Thomas More, Utopia (1516)

“Unless the miller blindfolds the donkey in the treadmill, it will turn round and eat the corn. God has mercifully blindfolded us, so that we cannot see the good that we do, for then we should perhaps praise ourselves and lose our reward. That is why we are left for a time with bad thoughts, so that when we see them, we judge and condemn ourselves. Those very thoughts are the cloth that blindfolds us and prevents goodness from being seen. When a man accuses himself, he does not lose his reward.”
Humility
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
Image, Saint Poemen

“Unless the miller blindfolds the donkey in the treadmill, it will turn round and eat the corn. God has mercifully blindfolded us, so that we cannot see the good that we do, for then we should perhaps praise ourselves and lose our reward. That is why we are left for a time with bad thoughts, so that when we see them, we judge and condemn ourselves. Those very thoughts are the cloth that blindfolds us and prevents goodness from being seen. When a man accuses himself, he does not lose his reward.”

Humility

The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

Image, Saint Poemen

”[…] the Utopians fail to understand why anyone should be so fascinated by the dull gleam of a tiny bit of stone, when he has all the stars in the sky to look at - or how anyone can be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woollen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by sheep, and they never turned into anything better than a sheep.”
- Thomas More, Utopia (1516)

”[…] the Utopians fail to understand why anyone should be so fascinated by the dull gleam of a tiny bit of stone, when he has all the stars in the sky to look at - or how anyone can be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woollen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by sheep, and they never turned into anything better than a sheep.”

- Thomas More, Utopia (1516)

Others on military expeditions, suffer the hardships of living far from home. Though the years pass they do not see the wife and childeren for whose sake they strive.
Deluded by their desires, they sll themselves to get what they never recieve. Instead, their life is uselessly wasted doing work for someone else.
In order to live, it seems, they enter battle at the risk of their lives. For the sake of their pride they enter servitude. They are fools made rediculous by their passions.
Perfection of Meditative Absorption
The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Others on military expeditions, suffer the hardships of living far from home. Though the years pass they do not see the wife and childeren for whose sake they strive.

Deluded by their desires, they sll themselves to get what they never recieve. Instead, their life is uselessly wasted doing work for someone else.

In order to live, it seems, they enter battle at the risk of their lives. For the sake of their pride they enter servitude. They are fools made rediculous by their passions.

Perfection of Meditative Absorption

The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Superiority causes jealousy. Equality causes rivalry. Inferiority causes arrogance. Praise causes inoxication and criticism causes enmity. When could there be any benefit from a fool?
Understand that a fortune is an unending misfortune with earning and protecting it and the misery of its loss. In their distracted state those whose thoughts are fixed on wealth have no opportunity to find release from the suffering of existence.
The Perfection of Meditative Absorption
The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva
Pierre August Renoir, Claude Monet

Superiority causes jealousy. Equality causes rivalry. Inferiority causes arrogance. Praise causes inoxication and criticism causes enmity. When could there be any benefit from a fool?

Understand that a fortune is an unending misfortune with earning and protecting it and the misery of its loss. In their distracted state those whose thoughts are fixed on wealth have no opportunity to find release from the suffering of existence.

The Perfection of Meditative Absorption

The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Pierre August Renoir, Claude Monet

I make this situation with my hands to those who wish to guard their mind. With all your effort, guard both mindfullness and awareness.
Mindful of the teaching of the Tathagata, fearful, one should abandon immediately any such actions as breaking up clods of earth, ripping grass, and drawing lines in the earth without any purpose.
When one wishes to move or speak, first one should examine one’s own mind, and then act approprietly and with self-possession.
The Guarding of Awareness
The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva
Window in the studio (1889), Vincent van Gogh

I make this situation with my hands to those who wish to guard their mind. With all your effort, guard both mindfullness and awareness.

Mindful of the teaching of the Tathagata, fearful, one should abandon immediately any such actions as breaking up clods of earth, ripping grass, and drawing lines in the earth without any purpose.

When one wishes to move or speak, first one should examine one’s own mind, and then act approprietly and with self-possession.

The Guarding of Awareness

The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Window in the studio (1889), Vincent van Gogh

Health, and this day, with food and freedom from disaster? In a moment life breaks its promise. The body is like an object on loan.
Enemies such as greed and hate lack hands and feet and other limbs. They are not brave, nor are they wise. How is it they enslave me?
Vigilance regarding the Awakening Mind
The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva
Vanitas Still Life with Skull Simon Luttichuijs ca.1635-1640

Health, and this day, with food and freedom from disaster? In a moment life breaks its promise. The body is like an object on loan.

Enemies such as greed and hate lack hands and feet and other limbs. They are not brave, nor are they wise. How is it they enslave me?

Vigilance regarding the Awakening Mind

The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Vanitas Still Life with Skull Simon Luttichuijs ca.1635-1640

Abandonment of all is Enlightenment and Enlightenment is my heart’s goal. If I must give up everything, better it be given to sentient beings.
I am the protector of the unprotected and the caravan-leader for travellers. I have become the boat, the causeway, and the bridge for those who long to reach the further shore.
Adopting the Awakening Mind
The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Abandonment of all is Enlightenment and Enlightenment is my heart’s goal. If I must give up everything, better it be given to sentient beings.

I am the protector of the unprotected and the caravan-leader for travellers. I have become the boat, the causeway, and the bridge for those who long to reach the further shore.

Adopting the Awakening Mind

The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva

Better than a hundred years lived in vice, without contemplation, is one single day of life lived in virtue and in deep contemplation.
Better than a hundred years lived in ignorance, without contemplation, is one single day of life lived in wisdom and in deep contemplation.
Better than a hundred years lived in idleness and in weakness is a single day of life lived with courage and powerful striving.
Better than a hundred years not considering how all things arise and pass away is one single day of life if one considers how all things arise and pass away.
Better than a hundred year not seeing one’s own imortality is one single day of life if one sees one’s own immortality.
Better than a hundred years not seeing the Path supreme is one single day of life if one sees the Path supreme.
Better than a Thousand
Dhammapada

Better than a hundred years lived in vice, without contemplation, is one single day of life lived in virtue and in deep contemplation.

Better than a hundred years lived in ignorance, without contemplation, is one single day of life lived in wisdom and in deep contemplation.

Better than a hundred years lived in idleness and in weakness is a single day of life lived with courage and powerful striving.

Better than a hundred years not considering how all things arise and pass away is one single day of life if one considers how all things arise and pass away.

Better than a hundred year not seeing one’s own imortality is one single day of life if one sees one’s own immortality.

Better than a hundred years not seeing the Path supreme is one single day of life if one sees the Path supreme.

Better than a Thousand

Dhammapada

The glorious chariots of kings wear out, and the body wears out and grows old; but the virtue of the good never grows old, and thus they can teach the good to those who are good.
Beyond Life
It is easy to do what is wrong, to do what is bad for oneself; but very difficult to do what is right, to do what is good for oneself.
By oneself the evil is done, snd it is oneself who suffers: by oneself the evil is not done, and by one’s Self one becomes pure. The pure and the impure come from oneself: no man can purify another.
Self-Possession
Dhammapada

The glorious chariots of kings wear out, and the body wears out and grows old; but the virtue of the good never grows old, and thus they can teach the good to those who are good.

Beyond Life

It is easy to do what is wrong, to do what is bad for oneself; but very difficult to do what is right, to do what is good for oneself.

By oneself the evil is done, snd it is oneself who suffers: by oneself the evil is not done, and by one’s Self one becomes pure. The pure and the impure come from oneself: no man can purify another.

Self-Possession

Dhammapada