Our greed is a burning desire; we want objects of our desire to provide us with lasting satisfaction so we feel fulfilled and complete. Many times, we mistakenly believe our happiness is dependent upon that goal, but once we attain it, we get no lasting satisfaction. Then once again, our greed and desire arise, looking outside of ourselves for the next thing that will hopefully bring satisfaction. Influenced by greed, we are never content.
The symptoms of hatred can show up as anger, hostility, dislike, aversion or ill-will; wishing harm or suffering upon another person.
Ignorance is our wrong understanding or wrong views of reality. Ignorance is our misperception of the way the world works; our inability to understand the nature of things exactly as they are.
In addition to meditation practice, there are other antidotes to the three poisons.
- To overcome greed, one learn to cultivate selflessness, generosity, detachment and contentment.
- To overcome hatred, one learn to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, patience and forgiveness.
- To overcome ignorance, one cultivate wisdom, insight and right understanding.
The outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in Kamakura is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan. The statue was completed in 1252 and originally was located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were washed away by a tsunami tidal wave in the end of the 15th century, and since then the Buddha sits in the open.
In a local restaurant outside the temple, one can enjoy hot and delicious udon noodles (but it seems a little inappropriate with decoration of the Buddha's head).