"we may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality….the future is queerness’ domain. queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present….we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds….queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world."
josé esteban muñoz, ultimate dreamer, 1967-2013, in cruising utopia (via karaj)
Mañjuśrī is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom. He holds a sword in his right hand — symbolizing his ability to cut through delusion. The flames suggest that the sword is not a literal one, as flames in Buddhist iconography invariably represent transformation; Mañjuśrī’s wisdom does not destroy ignorance in the conventional sense, but transforms it into Wisdom. In his left hand, by his heart, he holds the stem of a lotus flower, which bears a book — the Perfection of Wisdom teaching, or Prajnaparamita. Mañjuśrī is often depicted as riding on a blue lion, or sitting on the skin of a lion. This represents the use of wisdom to tame the mind, which is compared to riding or subduing a ferocious lion.