Friday, February 26, 2016

The Preta Domain

Within Buddhist mythology, a Preta, or Hungy Ghost, is depicted as a frustrated being with a very large stomach and a tiny mouth and needlelike throat. They can never swallow enough food to satisfy their hunger.

A Preta represents the inability to satisfy unending wants and desires.

We can recognize an element of such desperate hunger and hopeless dissatisfaction in the American consumerist culture. This is a culture predicated on a cancerous necessity for boundless growth in a finite world.

Americans have been conditioned by television commercials and many other artful stimuli that creates endless wanting and desire. The idea that one is not complete without 'something else'.

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