Posted on: May 19, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0


In this life, because of impermanence, today’s sadness can be transformed into bravery, understanding, and love tomorrow. Impermanence is for us to be more aware of the present life…

Summer often has sudden thunderstorms. Thunder rumbles and flashes of lightning tore through the sky. The sweltering air calmed down with torrential raindrops. Cool, torrential rain. The tiled roofs are full of patience, endure and bear the rain. Those layers of tiled roofs reminded me of the old pagoda roofs. The roofs of the pagoda endure through the sun, rain, silence, acceptance and serenity.

Then, the rain stopped, stopped completely and the sun slanted across the window frame again. The sun after the rain is gentle and weak, gentle and quiet. Evening falls faster in the wonderful sky. The birds chirped and called each other back to the nest, and the small worms also peacefully crawled out to find some fresh air at the end of the day before the sun disappeared.

The moonlight gradually rises. I remember the moon seasons of my childhood. The slanting moons shine through the slits of the windows every night. The wobbly kerosene lamp could not be as generous as the moonlight on a summer day.

I like to sit on the porch of the temple very quietly, sometimes for nothing. The old mantra was like that, often kneeling and sitting quietly without paying attention to the scriptures. The mantra is reflective, especially on full moon days. The sky of summer nights is always deep and high, the moonlight is so clear, so full. The moon overflowed on the mossy tiled roof and the dead leaves lay quietly in the temple yard. The moon fell gently on my teacher’s shoulder. The image imprinted in my mind is a beautiful night picture. The picture has incense smoke, teacher, moonlight, even pages of sutras and small cups of tea emitting a peaceful and simple fragrance.

There is nothing in this world that is completely lost, not even a speck of dust, a grain of sand, they just change shape.

The crickets hide their voices, the pine trees, the mulberry trees give off a sweet scent. The shadow of the moon hangs on the high and wide sky. At night, I will always remember and cherish such warm and gentle peace forever. Childhood and the sound of muzzles echoing in the lonely night, my teacher and the temple yard covered with moss under the shadow of the full moon.

The moonlight and the sun and rain continue to make the days, make my childhood, and make endless changes in the human realm. Creatures inherently depend on each other to arise and continue.

It is often said, life and death are close by. They have only a thin line at one in-and-out breath. Breathing in and then stopping or breathing out and then stopping, a whole human life is also closed. So, when it comes to impermanence, people often feel insecure. But if you look back from another angle, impermanence is a miracle of life.

Like the summer showers after the hot sun, the rain stops. The earth and sky after a torrential storm and rain were cooler and cleaner. The cool grass and trees wake up after the rain. Without impermanence, how is it possible to experience rain and sun, days and nights, changes in succession?

Buddhist teachings often refer to two words “selfless” and “impermanent“.

No-self means no one, nothing can exist in isolation. Everything in this universe is inherently dependent on each other and manifests or hides. Just as water vapor thanks to the sun makes rain, the rain makes rivers and lakes, creating even brilliant flower petals in the sun, and fragrant tea cups. That rain, that sun goes into the earth, into the tree, produces sweet ripe fruit, and then that fruit nourishes all things, the land, and the trees. There is not a single thing that can exist separately without thanks to the reciprocal causes and conditions. There is no child born without inheriting the hair color, skin color or seed from the store consciousness of his ancestors, parents, race and people.

And impermanence is not outside the view of not-self. It is because there is impermanence that there is continuity and arising. Thanks to impermanence, people grow up, get married and have children. Plants, through impermanence, bear fruit and flowers, at the end of a cycle become seeds and then return to the soil, making nutrients for the soil and plants.

If there is no impermanence, how can one see that a child will grow up? That child will then come into life, will know how to love, know sadness and joy, and know how to cultivate and build their own happy life?! The child, because of impermanence, is not forever a child. Just like in life, because of impermanence, today’s sadness can be transformed into bravery, knowledge, and love tomorrow.

Joy is impermanent and so is sadness. Impermanence is a miracle in life, so that people can be born, grow up, live, grow up, grow old, and rest in peace after a lifetime.

Impermanence is for us to be more aware of the present life, not just for insecurity and fear.

The miracle is walking on earth. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shared this from the days when he was healthy. So do we. You don’t have to wait until you’re in a hospital bed or unable to walk on your own to realize it. Consciousness of impermanence is being aware of the miracles that are present around us. The smile of loved ones, friends, a cool breeze, a sun, a fragrant flower or a bright moonlit night… All creatures present are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are let me understand what is impermanent or not-self. A flower fades, a day closes, a new baby is born…

Understanding impermanence so that all of us can live more meaningfully, do many good and good things, and always live usefully for ourselves and others in the present and future.

Understanding impermanence so that all of us can live more meaningfully, do many good and good things, and always live usefully for ourselves and others in the present and future.

Understand impermanence to be grateful for impermanence. Understand selflessness to appreciate and wholeheartedly live life. I know that when I’m happy, the space around me is cuter. If I have peace and happiness, my parents, siblings, and friends will also feel peaceful and happy when thinking of me. I can’t take myself out of the life of the person who loves me and the person I love because of that.

So being there for each other is not being close to each other, but a profound sense of interdependence. We are each other. We must cherish ourselves as well as cherish our loved ones, cherish life.

Summer, the season of Buddha’s birth. Referring to impermanence to remember to keep a peaceful mind with the permanent view of things as they are, not getting caught up in the illusions of “mine, me”, “yours” or “being people”. In me, as in man, and in all things, there isBuddha nature“, perception. So today’s clumsiness, today’s sufferings or sorrows are not “me”, nor are they “people”.

It is just that it is necessary to experience and experience every feeling and mental activity in life in order to learn the lesson of not-self and impermanence, to learn the lesson of love and to light up the “understanding” inherent in each person. People.

Waves on the ocean of arising, they crash against the shore and then dissolve. But the sea and the waves are not two separate entities. Those waves, no matter how they manifest, their water nature and the ocean do not change.

Just like the moonlight and the sun and rain continue to make the days, make my childhood and make endless changes in the human realm. Creatures inherently depend on each other to arise and continue.

Maybe, people just need to live with all their enthusiasm and love, just appreciate life. As Zen Master Nhat Hanh once said in the poem “Butterflies fly in the garden of golden mustard flowers”: “Stop being a source of suffering for each other.”

and:

“A construction work of a thousand generations/ But the work, you see, has been completed for a thousand years”

Buddha’s birthday season 2022

Thich Tam Hiep

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