The thief left it behind: the moon at my window - Ryokan

Monday, October 6, 2008

Shantideva

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Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in the world
All comes from desiring my own happiness


(The picture above is an attempt at a sketch of precious Ven Geshe Damcho Yonten whose teachings I recently attended on Shantideva's 'A Guide to the Bodhisatva Way of Life')

6 comments:

Dhammadipa (Joyadip) said...

I heard little about Santideva's pujas, but this stanza is amazing that teaches us to practice selflessness and be compassionate to all

HummingBird said...

Dhammadipa, thank you for your comment. I also do not know much about Shantideva - but my sense is he goes to the heart of things in a simple way

Lorraine said...

Super sketch, you're very talented...love the quote too :)

HummingBird said...

Thank you, Lorraine. Unfortunately this sketch does little to capture the precious being I was trying to draw. He has a wonderful energy. Someone who knows him well did say the drawing does have a sense of his eyes.

Art and Poetry said...

You have captured kindness in the mans face that fits perfectly with the words!

HummingBird said...

Art&Poetry; wonderful that you have a sense of this teacher