3 Chen Ying-Tung
I passed through the quad on my way to Tisch from Hill Hall.
Coating of snow / falling / to the ground
In this week’s lecture, we talked about the Buddhist idea of leaving the world behind, which, I mentioned in my last week’s response, is the idea I couldn’t identify with. After reading about Kiyomori and his failure and singing “The House Is on Fire” in class, I started to appreciate this idea. Described as barbaric, ”all desire and ambition,” (Inouye, 48) who is self-contended with his accomplishments. Because “Kiyomori sees himself as too good to be bound by the usual strictures of acceptable behavior,” (48) he is blinded by his arrogance and ignores the Buddhist emphasis on shukke. By locking himself up in a house that is on fire, Kiyomori is slowly crushed by evanescence and eventually dies in pain. In contrast to Kiyomori, Chomei recognizes the value of leaving the “fleeting” and “hollow” world in order to seek peace. However, even though Chomei was able to be detached from the world, he fails to keep an alert on and grew attachment to his alienation from the capital. The significance of shukke is to help us realizing “to seek security and permanence by attaching ourselves to that which is unpleasant and floating is to be deluded” (40). Unfortunately, our human nature, which is based on living collectively, makes such process challenging to us.