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Sunday, June 13, 2010

You Can't See the Whole Sky Through a Bamboo Tube.

You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo tube. ~Japanese proverb

The perceptions of our daily life are like looking up into the vast, detailed night sky through the confines of a bamboo tube and stating definitively that we have an accurate picture of its reality. The bamboo tube is akin to our perceptions of the world, which are seemingly real holograms of reality based on ignorance that we are separate from everything else. Perceptions that place us at the center of a world that has no center. Perceptions limit us to only what we can perceive with our limited sense organs (sight, smell, touch, taste, sound).

We are like ants living amongst humans and having no idea to that greater existence other than perhaps feeling the vibrations of cars passing nearby the ant mound. We go about our day and busy ourselves with activities, which seem so monumental and yet seem primitive when seen by a species with a deeper awareness of reality. Or being observed by a being such as a Buddha. This wonderful ant analogy was revealed to me by the great theoretical physicist Michio Kaku:
~Peace to all beings~

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5 comments:

Shinzen said...

Wow! Love it. Thanks for posting.

Bonsai Doug said...

Thank you for this posting. And very timely for me as I've just finished HH Dalai Lama's book, "The Universe In A Single Atom." A book that definitely merits a re-reading or two.

Bonsai Doug said...

Thank you for this posting. And very timely for me as I've just finished HH Dalai Lama's book, "The Universe In A Single Atom." A book that definitely merits a re-reading or two.

They call him James Ure said...

Yw Shinzen.

@Doug...Oh, that's a great book by HHDL. I haven't finished it yet but plan to soon. I think science fits in with Buddhism really well.

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