Impermanence Is Everywhere

These words of wisdom presented here today were written by Lama Surya Das in an article in Tricycle magazine.

Normally, I post these types of quotes directly on Facebook. However, the weekly words of words of wisdom chosen by him have not been available recently, so I chose these instead!

Impermanence is one of the cornerstones of Buddha’s teachings. This is a property of all conditioned things. The universe is in a constant state of change.

Yet, we like stability! How can we find stability in light of impermanence?

img-0121“Loss is a fact of life. Impermanence is everywhere we look. We are all going to suffer our losses. How we deal with these losses is what makes all the difference. For it is not what happens to us that determines our character, our experience, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens.”

– Lama Surya Das,
“Practicing with Loss”

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Long live impermanence!” Without impermanence, how can a flower grow? How can we have children and how will they grow up?

I agree with Thay! What do you think?

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