Who Is Looking?

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There is a Buddhist story that goes something like this: 

A old priest was leading a group of new monks on a walk in the desert at night. It was very dark. There was no moon and millions of stars glistened in the sky. It was totally quiet. 

The old man stopped and said to the group, “Look up and see the stars.”. All did as he demanded and were deeply moved by the radiant beauty overhead.

“Now look again at who’s looking”, the priest said.

With that, some monks attained enlightenment.

Now, dear viewer, look at this picture and tell me who’s looking.

2 Comments on “Who Is Looking?

  1. photographers always look – with an image that is not obvious as to what is going on – we look again – then you read the text as a photographer text is secondary – but having read the text we look again, then we dwell over the question – and respond – Anyway if I was walking at night I would be telling the old priest to consider how fortunate he was to witness such beauty 🙂 I know maybe not the response you had hoped for 🙂

    • Thanks for your thoughts Scott. Any verbal response is always appreciated of course. What I think the old monk was angling for was a pre-verbal one. Something that comes before the rational mind kicks in. That’s just me though.

      I very much appreciate your input.

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