Cannot resist adding a very ecosonic statement, which I came across in the unexpected shape of an epigraph to a review of Art Practice in a Digital Culture, edited by Hazel Gardiner and Charlie Gere (Ashgate, 2010). The book review is by Timothy Allen Jackson, published in Literary and Linguistic Computing 27(1), Oxford Uni Press (April 2012).

The thought manifests as the word,
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit,
And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care.
And let it spring from love, born out of
concern for all beings.

Ascribed to the Buddha in The Dhammapada

the next 2 lines from Quotation #40272 from Laura Moncur’s Motivational Quotations

Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.

which links to a quote from Yammakavagga “The Pairs” (verses from Chap. I of The Dhammapada), in F. Max Müller’s translation:

  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage…

in the translation of Acharya Buddharakkhita:

  • Mind precedes all mental states.
    Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
    If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts
    suffering follows him
    like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. (Verse 1)
  • Mind precedes all mental states.
    Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
    If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts
    happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow. (Verse 2)

credit for Cambodian culture consultation goes to P.L.


Continuing with Khmer culture, a couple more Robams [dances]

1. Dance of the cocoa nut shells: Robam [dance] Kuos [to hit] Trolauk [cocoa nut shell]

2. Dance of the beautiful dancer [nowadays performed to represent the culture of the country]: Robam [dance] ‘Apsara [beautiful female dancer, possibly in the palace]