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Reflecting on impermanence

Reflecting on impermanence

Part of a series of teachings on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book titled How to See Yourself as You Really Are at Sravasti Abbey in 2020.

  • Questions and answers
  • Extending insight of our suffering situation to others and generating the sense of closeness
  • Different ways of showing love and compassion
  • Outline of a meditation on the three levels of love and compassion
  • Chapter 22, Reflecting on Impermanence:
    • A reflection of the moon on the surface of a lake as a metaphor for impermanence
    • How to realize impermanence
    • What ‘being in the present moment’ really means?

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.