Saturday, March 16, 2013

Revenge for the failure of trust

"Revenge for the failure of trust, revenge for the paltriness of love, revenge for being born and then forgotten."

This is what the terrible monkey chewing at the neck of woman in the vision of the narrator in the story "Greyhound Bodhisattva" by Franscesca Hampton.

The story is about a Tulku who rejects the responsibility and falls to the western temptations. But still, with clarity, he returns a wallet full of money, and then after a horrible vision about a woman quoted in brief above, he also has this lovely vision. This story is also collected in Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction. I liked the quote because of the succinctness of some major brands of suffering.

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