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'.