impermanence

A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on values, reality, judgments, and impermanence

The First thing to understand about the universe is that no condition is “good” or “bad.” It just is. So stop making value judgments. The second thing to know is that all conditions are temporary. Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static. Which way a thing changes depends on you.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

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A Quote by Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche on death, impermanence, and buddhism

When death finally comes you will welcome it like an old friend, being aware of how dreamlike and impermanent the pheneomenal world really is.

Dilgo Kyentse

Source: Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die, Pages: 31

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on impermanence, beauty, terror, feeling, feelings, emotion, now, and present moment

Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, no feeling is final.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Contributed by: Allison

A Quote by Majjhima Nakaya on reality, impermanence, and causes

Most people fail to see this reality, for they are attached to what they cling to, to pleasures and delights. Since all the world is so attached to material things, it's very difficult for people to grasp how everything originates in conditions and causes. It's a hard job for them to see the meaning of the fact that everything, including ourselves, depends on everything else and has no permanent self-existence.

Majjhima Nakaya

Source: beliefnet

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A Quote by unknown on life, death, zen, poem, birth, and impermanence

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
When you are born, Where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

What, then, is the one pure and clear thing?

unknown

Source: The Human Route -- ancient Zen poem

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on existence, impermanence, change, movement, and lifetime

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Richard R. Powell on basho, basho, wabi sabi, sabi, zen, attachment, loss, suffering, impermanence, imperfection, and enlightenment

 

Wabi sabi acknowledges three things: "nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished." So, at first glance, it seems to celebrate the very thing that causes suffering. Yet, Basho found that wabi sabi led to enlightenment. So what is going on here? Basho himself studied Zen for several years and traveled in disguise as a Zen priest, yet he clearly became attached to people and places, wept openly beside ancient battlegrounds and other sites of romance or valor. He suffered gladly the pains of attachment and sympathy, identified with nature and its pathos. Either he was not very disciplined in his Buddhist practice, or he understood something about attachment and loss that we could do well to learn.

Richard Powell

Source: Wabi Sabi for Writers: Find Inspiration. Respect Imperfection. Create Peerless Beauty., Pages: 98

Contributed by: Richard

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on warrior, paths, heart, choice, joy, and impermanence

“A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else.”

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Separate Reality

Contributed by: Brian

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