Hungry Ghost

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Hungry ghost is a concept in Chinese Buddhism and Chinese traditional religion representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way.” – Wikipedia

“Beings are reborn as hungry ghosts because of their greed, envy and jealousy. Hungry ghosts are also associated with addiction, obsession and compulsion.” – About Religion

 

Until we are enlightened, we are all just hungry ghosts. Dissatisfied, insatiable, grasping and clinging and clawing. Desperately trying to gain what we do not have, desperately clinging to whatever we do have. It is a way of life not motivated by Joy, but by terror. It is emptiness and suffering. We cannot live in the present moment because we are too torn between desire and fear, forever caught up in wanting what we cannot have and fear of losing what we do have. Trying to fill the unquenchable emptiness inside us, we tear apart ourselves, our world, and everything we touch. …until we are enlightened.

In a long odyssey through the underworld, I came to recognize this unquenchable aspect of my own nature. And so I’m painting Hungry Ghosts awhile, and listening to what they have to say.

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