Great thoughts on what a ‘Buddhist aesthetic’ would look like in relation to the eightfold path. Thoughts for the day.
-j. quigley

Zen Mind, Material World

Lindesfarne Guest House, Green Gulch Farm

“In entering the eightfold path, self-centeredness is the first thing to fall away, which brings us into wisdom, which brings us into a greater empathetic relationship with others, and also, I think, opens up a new aesthetic…. the world ceases to be flat, opaque and not terribly interesting; boring. And that begins to wear away once we begin to realize how rare and how temporary our life on this earth is. It opens up the world, and begins to give us a whole new perspective on life, one that is not driven by satisfying our selfish and egocentric concerns but one that is concerned with responding to life at a much greater depth.”

Stephen Batchelor at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Nov. 1, 2009

What exactly would a Buddhist aesthetic look like? As Batchelor says above, it would be driven by forces other than greed, hatred or fear. This new aesthetic…

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