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The Buddha's Five Remembrances

This was offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in The Plum Village Chanting Book (Parallax Press, 1991):

I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.


jenbeat jenbeat 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 7, 2008

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i have so much compassion for Thich Nhat Hanh, he has inspired me to look deeply into myself with gratitude.

Great Stuff!

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.



this is sooo true.