“Growing older brings detachment from temporary things.
But the more detached we become, the more passionately we live.
We even become detached from ourselves, and enjoy ourselves more than ever.
Like the Tao we have no desires for ourselves, yet all our desires are fulfilled.
We have no more need for accomplishment yet we accomplish everything.
We accept the fact of death yet find we are always alive.
The detachment of the sage is not a stoic withdrawal from life.
It is a delightful immersion in every aspect of living.
But we no longer need to take ourselves so terribly seriously.
We are free at last to live with joy and love,
instead of fear and distrust.”
from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin
Photo credit: Tree Langdon, 2018, Myanmar
Since the 3rd century, many rulers and kings have ruled over Burma (Myanmar). During each period, Buddha statues were made in a different style. When we visited Myanmar in January 2018, we were amazed at their number and variety, taking photos until we lost count. I’m happy to share these images with you, along with selected quotes.