The Reality of Impermanence

“There is no fatigue when we offer the dharma to each other. No fatigue if we are not nailing things down and trying to protect them from the reality of impermanence and selflessness.”
Using Reality to Teach Reality,Posted on April 6, 2013, Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

 Where does the exhaustion come from? From trying to protect our preferences from the reality of change. There is no protection from reality. Attempting to do the impossible can only wear one out.

Impermanence and emptiness are simply the way things are. What we want is to find something permanent and hold onto it for dear life. It never works. Even as I type, my skin is becoming the dust someone will have to wipe off the table in the Biggby Coffee I am sitting in.

Just yesterday, I heard my three least favorite words: lake effect snow. Winter is back. The UP has some accumulation. Ugh.

To me, sharing the dharma means embodying the equanimity and generosity that Bodhisattvas throughout time have offered to us. I am not perfect. I am just trying to be real.


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About cdhoagpurple

I have an MBA, am married to a GM/UAW retiree with Huntington's Disease. I am more Buddhist than Christian. I plan on moving to Virginia when widowed. I have a friend''s parents that live down there and another friend living in Maryland. I am simplifying my life in preparation for the eventual move.Eight years ago, my husband had stage 4 cancer. I am truly "neither here nor there." My identity shifts and I am always surprised where I end up. 2015 was my hardest year ever. This is my Dark Night of the Soul. Welcome to it.

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