The 5 Remembrances

 The Five

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh goes on to comment that:  “The Five Remembrances help us make friends with our fears of growing old, getting sick, begin abandoned, and dying.  They … can help us appreciate deeply the wonders of life that are available here and now.”

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