I am wholeheartedly trying to understand the essence of the following Buddhist teachings, “The Five Remembrances”.
While Buddhism puts an emphasis on compassion and a striving for peace, and while The Dalai Lama’s teachings always emphasize acts of kindness, Buddhism is at the same time brutal in its teachings about reality.
We as sentient beings have a need to be happy. It’s in our nature.
But let us not forget the realities of our being, and the fragility of our existence.
The Five Remembrances are as brutal and to-the-point as anything I have ever read. They are simple, and truthful about our Life here on this Earth.
The Five Remembrances
I am of the nature to grow old. I cannot escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill-health. I cannot escape having ill-health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
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.
I inherit the results of my actions in body, speech and mind. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
It’s depressing having to deal with the “reality” of the five remembrances. And I’m finding out, that with a lot of the Buddha’s teachings, they are based very much on “reality”.
The only thing permanent is change…