Sometimes the weekly photo challenge strikes a chord. When I saw this one on change, I thought of the turkey vultures I saw last week, a sure sign of spring on the high desert.
It seems a little ironic that these carrion eaters are symbols of spring and re-birth, but then, again, maybe that’s appropriate. Any change necessitates a death of sorts.
Vultures are considered the most Buddha-like of all birds. Some of the Buddha’s most important teachings, including the Heart Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, are said to have been first given at Vulture Peak.
I like turkey vultures. Once I passed a tree with a dozen or so of them perched in the branches, like black ornaments on a Christmas tree, waiting for a wounded deer to die.
Change. Spring. Rebirth and death. We’re always changing, always dying, only to be reborn again and again.