My course on meditation and buddhist philosophy has come to an end. I enjoyed every aspect of it: the eye opening teachings, my funny and supportive classmates, the patient and knowledgeable instructors, the practice of group meditation...
Inspired by the great master Buddha, I created this ceramic sculpture; it is also an incense burner.
Among the things my mind is still pondering over are the Four Noble Truths:
-Life is suffering… Or stress, or fear or pain, name it as you will. This truth might weight us down when we first hear it, but it helps us to avoid fantasy and to keep our vision grounded in reality. And reality is an excellent point of departure for the spiritual path.
-Suffering has its causes… Like our ignorance about the impermanence of every existing condition, our never ending desire for things or people that we find pleasant, and the anger we feel when we cannot have them.
-Suffering can be stopped… We can reach a state of being that would be free of anguish and heavy feelings: The Nirvana!
-There is a well known way out of suffering and into nirvana… The practice of compassion and meditation will takes us to the right direction. The Eight-fold path is an extremely practical guide.
(Caution! This is a rather personal version of the real thing.)