December 22, 2021
Karmapa on impermanence
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following teaching on Instagram about relating to impermanence and enlightenment.
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The rising of the sun is very interesting to all of us, very inspiring, while the setting is often a somewhat melancholic thing. But actually, we are the ones (meaning our thoughts) that make a sunset melancholic, whereas the sun itself has no emotion at all about setting – and not because it is going to rise tomorrow, and for every day after that. There is no real emotion present like ours, let’s say. I don’t mean to say that we have to become completely emotionally dull and numb. But observing that kind of cycle helps us relate to change, impermanence and death. Then, if we slowly reflect on our own being, we can probably relate a little better to these subjects. The point is that by doing so, we will be able to relate better to what is so difficult to relate to: enlightenment.⠀ ⠀ #Karmapa #enlightenment #Buddhadharma #impermanence