Reflections on Beauty and Ugly, in Deawoongjeon of Younghwasa
We want to live happily. The moment when you feel happy is nirvana.
There is a difference between Nirvana in Buddhism and the happy feelings we feel in our lives.
The difference is how long it lasts.
Enlightenment in Buddhism leads to happiness forever. However, happiness in the secular world is temporary. It is hard to last long.
When some conditions are met, you feel happy. If some conditions are not met, you feel unhappy.
The Representative of such conditions is money and love. Not everyone will, but if you have enough money and love, you feel happy. But the problem is that the happiness obtained by money and love does not last long. If health worsens, both money and love are worthless.
So to be truly happy, you need to change your way of looking at the problem.
Then the world will change.
But the problem is that it's hard to change perspectives.
To change your perspective, don't stick to what you think is right.
We must also recognize and accept the ideas and perspectives of others. It is not easy. At this point, there seems to be a fundamental difference in Eastern and Western philosophy.
Beauty is relative, too.
It is either beautiful or not beautiful depending on the perspective of view.
Younghwasa temple is not a mountain temple, but a temple in the city.
That is why it is not easy to feel the emotions felt in other temples in Younghwasa.
But if we change our perspective a little, we can also find beauty in Younghwasa.
Through taking pictures, I realized that beauty and ugliness depend on the angle of view I see
So I look for a spot where buildings and landscapes look the most beautiful.
The beauty we discover is not a complete reflection of the beauty of the building or landscape.
Everything in the world has various facets and seems differently depending on our standards of beauty.
I thought that the viewpoint was important as I looked at the photo of beautiful Daeungjeon and the pillar gate in the middle of the busy city.
I also saw a picture of the cat I met in front of the temple restaurant.
Every time I see cats, I think they are noble beings.
Humans can also be valuable when they are alone. If you gather around and brag about your strength, you can't be a noble being. So I like cats.
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