Sunday, April 27, 2003

"i ask myself often: "why is it that everything changes?"
and only one answer comes back to me: that is how life is.


in our minds, changes always equal loss and suffering. and if they come, we anesthetize ourselves as far as possible. we assume, stubbornly and unquestioningly, that permanence provides security and impermanence does not. but, in life, impermanence is like some of the people we meet in life - difficult and disturbing at first, but on deeper acquaintance far friendlier and less unnerving than we could have imagined.

reflect on this: the realisation of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold onto, 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. the earth is still there; the sky is still there. of course, even the earth trembles now and aain, just to remind us we cannot take anything for granted."
sogyal ringpoche: "the tibetan book of living and dying"

this book came to me with great timing, obviously.