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Thoughts From Chichén Itzá

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The Observatory at the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

The Observatory at the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

Yesterday I travelled with a group to  Chichén Itzá. This isn’t the first Mayan site that I have visited though it is the most celebrated in Mexico. The crowds weren’t too bad and I was able to get my photos without having to fight for a relatively clean image of the various structures to be found there. Though the place is now considered one of the “Wonders of the World,” I found that my previous Mayan ruin visits had presented me with almost everything in terms of archaeology and the history of classic and post-classic Mayan society. The one difference with Chichén Itzá was the “ball court” which was massive and had the players using sticks to control the ball rather than their hips. The end result was the same with regards to playing the “game,” the sacrifice (beheading) of the captain of the losing team (in some opinions, it is the captain of the winning team that is sacrificed).

All of this had me thinking about the “middle way” or path. Between birth and death is a middle zone which might be properly called a game. At the end of the game of life, whether one considers that the game had been won or lost, the result is still the same – the passing from life to death. What takes part in the middle is what is important. What preceded life and what will follow life are not the real concern of our conscious selves. To be too concerned about pre and post life is to be continually absent in the present. Buddhists have it right – be here, be now, be present.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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  1. “Be here, be now, be present” is something I would never have subscribed to as a way of viewing life until quite recently. There really is something to be said for the surprises that come when not everything is planned minutely.

    Thank you for your writing that is always so wonderful.



    January 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    • Thank you, Kate for responding here. I do value any shared thoughts as it changes my writing here from an inner monologue to a dialogue with others. 🙂


      January 21, 2013 at 5:42 am

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