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Since childhood I have been fascinated by time-lapse photography…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Since childhood I have been fascinated by time-lapse photography. I have loved to watch natural processes unobservable by the naked eye unfolding on a screen - gracefully, magically - over the course of a few minutes. These short films encouraged me to question the apparent solidity of the world I lived in.

 

In light of such videos, I think it may be said that the difference between a thing and an event is merely in its rate of change. The longer something takes to change visibly the more of a thing it seems to be. (Perhaps we might add a new definition to our dictionaries: "thing" - "a slow changer.") A mountain is a very solid thing. But if the technology existed we could presumably produce a video recording the arising of a whole mountain range, its erosion and eventual disappearance within the duration of a few human breaths.

 

Reflecting on this topic and feel liberating or frightening. It can be frightening if we perceive ourselves to be a solitary solid thing adrift in an insecure non-solid world. But it can feel liberating when we realise that we are not solid either. Even the craving for something solid to hold onto is non-solid. Our refuge is in the knowing.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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