No moment this week.
“The law of men must be universal but not final, always subject to change, with peace as its ultimate end.” (Nara, 96). This definition of Dharma really struck me as yet another way to describe the overarching tension of evanescence and form. Coupling this with the notion of Duhkha, and logically the “ultimate end” is death, or the peace from one’s suffering. It behooves me to refer to science when talking about laws of nature, but that ultimately becomes distracting to the point of this spiritual exercise. What I am interested in is how a law remains universal when it changes, and how we are supposed to recognize that something is not the same as it once was. It seems as though fear is the most compelling factor against Buddhist notions, robbing people of their ability to remain open to the world and to nature. Leaving myself vulnerable is hard, and it is easier to remain “forever in a dream world” (Bridge of Dreams, 64). The author fears to sincerely pray because it would mean leaving herself open to the mercy of a higher power, when all people want is control. I would like to believe that it is possible now to escape that dream world without death, in order to appreciate life without suffering through the possibility of rejection.