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Impermanence :


Verse No. 4:

Verse No. 4 Loved ones who have long kept company will part. Wealth created with difficulty will be left behind And consciousness, the guest who lodges in the body, must in time depart. Consciousness- the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings Impermanence- changing moment to moment, all produced things are temporary


Death is certain The time of death is uncertain At the time of death, nothing but Dharma is of any use. I think that it is unfortunate that death and impermanence are so closely binded, that people may become distraught at the thought of the idea of death I realize that a person can be successful in their life and accumulate a lump sum of merit while staying financially stable i n everyday life .

Renouncing :

Renouncing The practice of all bodhisattvas is to renounce this life’s concerns I think that renouncing sufferings is not to stop caring, I think it is more about accepting old age and sickness for instance than to not resent them Sometimes situations are uncontrollable and enjoying life is a favorable option


Meditation People lose themselves in pleasures and distractions partly to put off thinking of death De velop our good qualities and purify our faults Do n ot take things for granted Bypass 5 stages of grief when a person learns of impending death

Thoughts on impermanence:

Thoughts on impermanence From moment to moment, everything, including us, is changing My interpretation... Nothing is fixed, nothing is permanent From lecture: “we are also being born moment to moment...we are dying moment to moment” (two sides of one coin) Coming to terms with this fact can help you be more flexible, and improve your ability to adapt to changing situations and circumstances

How is mindful impermanence applicable?:

How is mindful impermanence applicable? “It helps us put aside petty problems and focus our attention on developing a kind heart...Remembering death also helps us clarify our priorities in life and focus on what is important.” - Geshe Jampa Jegchok (Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage, Chapter 5) Limit materialism and sense of control: “Cut through gross levels of attachment...that are of no benefit to us at the time of death.” Focus on practicing Dharma, the third fundamental point on death, leads to being more compassionate Promotes a selfless attitude, “in considering the community, country, and world in which we live...we have to plan good conditions for them.”

Influence of Dharma:

Influence of Dharma Dharma is the only thing that can benefit someone when they die How much they accumulate determines how they will be reincarnated However, it may be difficult to attempt to practice dharma all the time “At the time of death nothing but Dharma helps us.” - Geshe Jampa Jegchok

The Impact of Fear on Practicing Dharma:

The Impact of Fear on Practicing Dharma Studies have shown that Tibetan Buddhists are more afraid of death on average than others So, the question is: Does fear impact dharma practice? I think it very much does If someone wants a pleasant next life, then he will make an effort to practice his dharma daily Since death is uncertain it is important to practice dharma as often as possible

How to Live a Fruitful Life while Practicing Dharma:

How to Live a Fruitful Life while Practicing Dharma Can someone truly enjoy life if he is constantly thinking about dharma? Obviously, we must be realistic and understand that dharma is essential to our lives However, by rejoicing in other people's success, a person can learn to be happy with another person This will increase the quality of life for both people

Collecting Merit:

Collecting Merit A main idea is to collect merit so that person will have good dharma Making others happy and showing them about dharma is an excellent way to do that I think this means to share good wealth and fortune and to act in positive ways that help others be more at peace


Questions Are you conscious of your actions and behaving in a clear and honest way because you feel that is necessary for dharma? What sufferings in your personal life creates worries? Do you value money and possessions more than friendships? What is keeping you from not fearing death? Can you live a healthy life if you take the idea too far to an extent?

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