Impermanence, The Mind, and the Truth

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Impermanence, The Mind, and the Truth

After every meditation session my teacher, with his eyes still closed, would softly speak in Pali the words of the Buddha above. It means all conditioned things are impermanent, that when one sees this with the eye of wisdom, one becomes disenchanted with suffering. This is the path to purification. Impermanence is a good subject.

Conditioned

All conditioned things are physical and mental formations, all phenomena are not permanent and without self. A tree, the cell of a bacteria or animal, a star, even a thought. All of these are conditioned as they exist based on the conditions of other things. These arise, exist and pass. We should spend time understanding this impermanence.

Wisdom

Seeing with wisdom requires experiential knowledge. It is not through theoretical yammerings that we can understand impermanence but with applied and sustained effort through meditation and awareness. These are without base and are not reliable foundations for true happiness. This is a great source of suffering/stress (dukkha).

It is with through deep investigation into the arising and falling of all conditioned things that we can understand the true nature. Seeing the truth of all impermanence as it relates to our minds during swordsmanship training and life. Do you feel permanence within and around you?

 

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By |2018-08-09T01:12:57+00:00July 21st, 2018|Buddhism, Bujutsu|0 Comments

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Steven lives and breathes in Japan where he heads the sword school of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō.

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