Paradox of Clouds by Kaveh Veyssi

I was walking to Braker Hall on Wednesday afternoon when I looked up to see one layer of clouds that was stationary and one underneath it which was moving across the sky quickly.


Two layers of clouds –

One stationary,

The other moving.

This week, I learned that the ideologies of Japanese Buddhism are a lot like the Japanese people themselves, diverse and conceived from many different backgrounds (Lecture, 1/30). Though Buddhism began in India, then spread to China, Korea and finally Japan, I understand the transition from hakanasa to mujo, both pointing to the fact that nothing is constant (Lecture, 1/30).  I learned that “love was associated with dream…[and] the Buddhist implication is clear (Inouye, 28).  This idea was a major theme in As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, written by an unknown woman of high status during the Heian period of Japan.  He poems touched me, for instance: “The hazy springtime noon- / That is the one I love / When light green sky and fragrant blossoms / Are all alike enwrapped in mist” (As I Crossed, 84).  That poem is a great example of how she captured the beauty of love, spring, and dream; her simple image of the hazy springtime noon made me see the haziness when there is mist in the air, making everything dreamlike.  I look forward to learning more about the differences between Buddhism and Animism, as Buddhism is more symbolic and Animism is non-symbolic.

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