Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Hungry Ghost and The Missing Tile Syndrome

Hungry Ghosts:

Characterised by - Greed; Insatiable cravings; Addictions.

"I want this, I need this, 1 have to have this".

This is the realm of intense craving. The Hungry Ghosts are shown with enormous stomachs and tiny necks - they want to cat, but cannot swallow; when they try to drink. the liquid turns to fire, intensifying their thirst. The torture of the hungry ghost is not so much the frustration of not being able to get what he wants. rather it is his clinging to those things he mistakenly thinks will bring satisfaction and relief. The Buddha in this Realm holds a Bowl from which the 'gifts of the gods' are distributed. This is to entice the hungry ghosts to desire for the Truth which is the only way that the deepest longings and hungers can be satisfied.

Missing Tile Syndrome (Dennis Prager):

One effective way of sabotaging happiness is to look at something and fixate on even the smallest flaw. It’s like looking up at a tiled ceiling and concentrating on the space where one tile is missing.

Want to Know More

Buddha Rising: Out of the Monastery, into the Living Room in National Geographic This Month

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