Monday, August 22, 2005

We suffer NOT because things are impermanent
We suffer because we are not aware of that nature of impermanence in life.

There is no such thing as permanent and separate.
Everything is impermanent; everything has the nature of inter-being.
Nothing can be by itself alone, everything has to inter-be with everything else

Without impermanence, nothing can be possible.
Don’t complain about impermanence.
Impermanence is not a bad thing either.

If things are not impermanent, how could a grain of corn become a corn plant?
How could your child grow up? So impermanence is just simply the ground of life.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Ask yourself "where did a mango came from?"
Buddhism teaches us to see that a mango doesn't just come from a mango seed.
It comes from the soil, the water, the rain, the cloud, the sun, the changes of the seasons, and perhaps a farmer who nurtures it. Missing just one condition, a mango tree wouldn't arise as it would; a mango wouldn't exist as it would. This shows the nature of impermanence and the inter-being.

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