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I Traveled to Arizona to visit my mother and brother during the latter part of November through mid December 2012, hiking, biking, taking photos and building cigar box guitars was the intent and purpose.
Clarkdale was an old mining town just a few minutes drive from Jerome at the foot of the mountain and is close to the desert as well as the mountains so outdoor activity of any kind was to be had at one's leisure.
Sidd is shown here along side Quan Yin on the front porch of a house in Clarkdale that my brother was at.
Quan Yin and Sidd the Travelin Buddha are of the same positive cellestial energy that exists within each of us as well as the universe, Quan Yin is known for her vase and the pouring out of cures for the ills of the world while Siddhartha is known for his teachings and wisdom.
Abandoning the dark way,
let the wise man cultivate the bright path.
Having gone from home to homelessness,
let him yearn for that delight in detachment,
so difficult to enjoy.
Giving up sensual pleasures, with no attachment,
let the wise man cleanse himself
of defilements of the mind.
When one endeavors to trod a different path, when one abandones the world of materialsim and greed, egotism and intolerance, when one places less value in things such as his very home, detachment to the storybook world and all its trappings becomes possible.
This does not happen without great determination and direction nor does it occur overnight, but know it will happen in your lifetime, in the here and now.
Dhammapada Words of Wisdom Chapter 6 The Wise verse 12
The Dhammapada, an anthology of 423 verses, has long been recognised as one of the masterpieces of early Buddhist literature. From ancient times to the present, the Dhammapada has been regarded as the most succinct expression of the Buddha's teaching found in the Theravada Pali Canon of scriptures known as the Khuddaka Nikaya ("Minor Collection") of the Sutta Pitaka.
This Dhammapada palm leaf manuscript in Sinhalese characters is believed to be the oldest extant copy of the scripture. Buddhist tradition has it that shortly after the passing away of the Buddha his disciples met in council at Rajagaha for the purpose of recalling to mind the truths they had received from their beloved Teacher during the forty-five years of his ministry. Their hope was to implant the principles of his message so firmly in memory that they would become a lasting impetus to moral and spiritual conduct, for themselves, their disciples, and for all future disciples who would seek to follow in the footsteps of the Awakened One.
December 8 2012
Also by Steven Schutz
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