The Wind of Impermanence

rennyoWill I die first, or will my neighbor? Will it be today or tomorrow? We do not know.

Those we leave behind and those who go before us are more numerous than the dew drops that rest briefly beneath the trees and on their leaf tips.

We may have radiant faces in the morning, but in the evening be no more than white bones.

With the coming of the wind of  impermanence, both eyes are instantly closed, and when a single breath is forever stilled, the radiant face is drained of life, and its vibrant glow is lost.

Although family and relatives may gather and grieve broken-heartedly, it is to no avail. As there is nothing else to be done, the once-familiar form is taken to an outlying field, and when it has vanished with the midnight smoke, nothing is left but white bones.

This is indeed indescribably sad.

—Rennyo Shonin

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to The Wind of Impermanence

  1. What a powerful discription of impermanence!

  2. Tenzin Chosang says:

    What is incredibly sad is that we will not accept and embrace impermanence. Impermanence is in the nature of things and there is no benefit in wishing it otherwise. Embracing impermanence, in the constant change of things and events there can be so much delight; we need not cling onto anything. How is it not amazing to experience everything, even oneself, as potential everlastingly manifesting in a multitude of ways. Without impermanence we could never become enlightened.

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