wheel of life

wheel of life

I am sure many of you have seen this painting, wheel of life, sidpai korlo we call it. Okay. In fact in the future if your non Buddhist friend asks you what is the definition of life according to Buddhism what you should do is go to a book shop and buy this painting and show. This is it. This is the description or a definition of life according to Buddhism. Okay. Just briefly, in the center you see a pig, a bird, and a snake which represents ignorance, passion and aggression. Which is the delusion that we have. Now these three then perceive, when you have ignorance, passion and aggression then everything you see is impure. It is like you are looking at a snow mountain, white snow mountain. But you are wearing a blue, red and an orange sun glass on the top of each other. And then you look at the snow and that snow is not white. You see a purplish kind of snow. So if you ask, whether the snow is purple, of course not. How come you see it purple. Because you see it wearing three layers of sun glass. That is why all you vision or perception is altered, manipulated. So to begin with we already have three sun glass, snake sun glass, bird sun glass, and then the – what was it the other – pig, right. Out of these three, as you see things, you see five realms, five or six realms. So hell realm, hell, hungry ghost, animal, good, asura, human. These are the six realms that you are experience or you perceive. Let’s stick with our language here. Okay this is a snang sum teaching so we should use the same language I guess. So that is the perception you get, that is the perception you end up with. Right at the outside, we see a big monster, clutching, holding the wheel of life. This monster actually represents time, time. Time is like a monster it is changing. Time means change of course. If everything is not changing that means freeze. Then there is no past time, no present time, no future time. And we like time. At the time we hate the time. It is a monster, it is really a monster. Okay all this perception are subject to time, all this perception are subject to time. Meaning our perception are going to change all the time, all the time. Of course some takes longer than the other but no perception ever last forever.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003