You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming?
That’s where I’ll always love you.

Peter Pan (via idreamwonderland)


Fasting Siddhartha (Sakyamuni Buddha)

From Sikri, Pakistan
Kushana period (30–375 AD)
Schist. H: 84 cm
Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan

It is an image of the Buddha on the night of his enlightenment. He had just completed six years of extreme asceticism; he had starved himself and was nearly naked. His belly is obviously shrunken, along with his gaunt cheeks, and his blood vessels stand out clearly over his emaciated rib cage. The stone carving is remarkably detailed. The Dalai Lama has never seen the statue in person, only pictures of it.

"You say this is your favorite statue of the Buddha?" I asked. "What do you see?"

"It clearly conveys the message that is taught in the Buddhist texts," the Dalai Lama said. "It shows how we must undertake many hardships during spiritual practice for countless eons. This is clearly demonstrated in his life, and in this statue. When we compare the hardship that we have undergone to the Buddha, then we clearly see how spoiled we are.

What we really need is the determination to work hard. Like Milarepa and many authentic lamas and masters, they all spent time in hardship and then they had high spiritual realizations. It is very difficult to achieve anything if we follow the easy way. For instance, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche also took hard practice by isolating himself in a cave for three years. Later in his life, he actually shed tears from happiness when he recalled that time in the cave. It was years of hard work and meditation, but it was the happiest period of his life. So that is the proper way. I think many of us, including myself, are hoping to achieve Buddhahood easily.”

Thomas Laird, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama

(Source: shouldn-t)