Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Realization of Impermanence

I am now receiving a daily reflection by email from Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. If you would like to subscribe for a daily meditation to be delivered to your inbox each morning, click here. If you would like to visit Rinpoche's site, click here.

Here is today's offering:

Reflect on this: The realization of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold on to, perhaps our only lasting possession. It is like the sky, or the earth. No matter how much everything around us may change or collapse, they endure.

Say we go through a shattering emotional crisis . . . our whole life seems to be disintegrating . . . our husband or wife suddenly leaves us without warning. The earth is still there; the sky is still there. Of course, even the earth trembles now and again, just to remind us that we cannot take anything for granted. . . .

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