Author Topic: The Art of Impermanence  (Read 5605 times)

pgdharma

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Re: The Art of Impermanence
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2016, 03:28:30 PM »

The destruction of the Sand Mandala signifies the Buddhist belief in impermanence of life. Change happens to everyone. Impermanence lies in everything that happens around us. Since we cannot escape from impermanence, it is meaningless to cling or attach to anything. As Buddhists, it is a key for us to understand and meditate on impermanence. Even a beautiful flower will fade away in due course. Our life is just a few years and most of us spend all our lives chasing after material things for temporal happiness that we have to eventually leave behind at the time of death.

The Sutra of Condensed Dharma says, “All compounded phenomena are impermanent, like water bubbles that never last; therefore, one should perform virtuous deeds and benefit this and future lives.” As Buddhists, we should not pray to the Buddha only for health, wealth, family, harmony or power. We should practice Dharma for this life and future lives, for the benefits of oneself and others.

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Re: The Art of Impermanence
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2019, 01:00:47 AM »
Nothing stays permanently, even a building will wear off as time passes, it doesn't stay the same. Knowing nothing stays the same, it actually gives us hope. We may have failed, we may be in a difficult situation, we may feel down, but we should still feel hopeful because nothing stays the same. But it is important that we work hard, transform ourselves to make things better.

Our sufferings come from our ignorance thinking that things stay the same forever. Therefore, when things change, we are not happy, we are upset. We have to learn to accept nothing stays the same forever. But it does not mean we don't have to be sincere with people.

Knowing that things do not stay the same, we also accept that death can come to us at any time. When we die, we cannot bring anything with us except our karma. Therefore, when we have found a guru, we should make use of the opportunity to purify as much karma as possible and also to collect merits.   

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Re: The Art of Impermanence
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 01:22:33 PM »
This is what Buddhists always say, "impermanence". Impermanence might sound very negative, it can actually demotivate people because if everything is impermanent, why work so hard? But this is the wrong way of thinking.

When Buddha said everything is impermanence, he was telling us not to be attached to things. When we are attached to things we will be disappointed and we will suffer when the things are not the same anymore or when we lose them. Buddha was not negative, he merely told us the truth.

Instead of working hard for something that will not last and will create sufferings to us, Buddha showed us there are better things we can put our heart and soul in and get the best out of it. We should work to develop good qualities such as compassion, kindness, generosity, etc. Bring benefit to people and don't be self-indulged. If we can do that, we will be able to find real happiness.