A Buddhist vignette by Fred Leeds
Yellow and blue precede and follow green, respectively, in the spectrum of colors known as the rainbow. They also combine to form green actually, in the painters palette of hues. So behind the ideal spectrum there lies an unbroken continuum of infinite real shades, made up of each other at the secret heart …
Peer with me for a moment into the special heart of green, endlessly orbited by blue and yellow, yet decidedly itself. Green! Green like the forest, green like a leaf, cool green, living legacy between regal blue and golden yellow. Like every unique color, green points the way back to that single ray of sunlight from which all colors derive at once.
According to Buddhism, our original mind is just like that single first ray of light, bringing all differences into focus and healing divides with its clarity. Recalling that first light of consciousness can help us see things as interconnected in the midst of difference, each and every color as “green.”
That is Buddhism, and that is what the Buddhist quest is like. Beyond any separate faith or vision, of course, things are still things, colors still colors, and sunlight still sunlight … though they shine on with other lights if we care to look.
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