Thich Nhat Hahn – No Death, No Fear

Ephemeral (1)

Ephemeral (1) (Photo credit: Nicholas_T)

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“Three essential teachings of the Buddha called the Dharma Seals:

1. Impermanence,

2. No Self

3. Nirvana

Impermanence Makes Everything Possible – We are often sad and suffer  a lot when things change, but change and impermanence have a positive side.  Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.  Life itself is possible.  If a grain of corn is not impermanent, it can never be transformed into a stalk of corn.  If the stalk were not impermanent, it could never provide us with the ear of corn we eat.  If your daughter were not impermanent, she cannot grow up to become a woman.  Then your grandchildren would never manifest.  So instead of complaining about impermanence, we should say, “Warm welcome and long live impermanence.”  We should be happy.  When we can see the miracle of impermanence, our sadness and suffering will pass.”

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