The Five Remembrances

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 12:52 pm

  • I am subject to aging. There is no way to avoid aging.
  • I am subject to ill health. There is no way to avoid illness.
  • I am going to die. There is no way to avoid death.
  • Everyone and everything that I love will change, and I will be 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.

I came across The Five Remembrances yesterday in a reddit post on /r/Buddhism and even tho they sound horribly morbid I did get a certain amount of comfort from meditating on these things since then. More than I’ve gotten from popular evangelical christianity in the past year, which has left me feeling a wide range of despair. 

I’ve hugged my son a lot in the past 24 hours as a result. 

 

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