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Impermanence is not just
about the end of all things,
but their renewal too.

- Stonepeace (Get Books)

Having learnt about the truth of impermanence of all things material in this life, of the value of living with more contentment and less excesses, and to avoid attachment lest it brings suffering, would this not make Buddhists less ambitious? Understood correctly, impermanence should urge us to make the best of the moment to change for long-term spiritual betterment, instead of neglecting this moment. Every moment is treasured, yet not clung to. Think enjoying a sunset, which is a subtle material event. We savour it mindfully because it is fleeting. However, we try not to cling to it too – also because we know it is fleeting.

On the nature of ambition, there are two kinds – the noble and the mundane. For example, the Buddha-to-be aspired to discover the path to True Happiness for all beings. This is noble and totally worthy. Mundane ambitions might be beneficial to some extent, in supporting noble ambitions too. As long as they are not in conflict with spiritual aspirations, they are alright. For instance, one might be working hard to earn more money to support one’s family and help a charity, for the welfare of many others. And because one is aware that life is short, one is diligent with the limited time, driven by compassion and wisdom for the betterment of one and all.

Exactly because we realise all mind and matter are in constant flux (Anicca: impermanence) and without self (Anatta) within (and is thus Dukkha; dissatisfactory when clung to), we conscientiously direct ourselves to change for the better to realise our true self (by actualising our Buddha-nature) to attain True Happiness (Nirvana: opposite of Dukkha), and guide others to do the same. If we become nonchalant (couldn’t care less) instead, not only will we not diligently progress to True Happiness, we will not guide others to it either. It will be a lose-lose situation. To create win-win situations is the Bodhisattva’s path.

Since all things change,
whether we like it or not,
including our ‘selves’,
why not change for the better?

- Stonepeace (Get Books)

2 Responses to “How To See Impermanence Positively”

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    allison August 12, 2013

    Grammar Lesson: Having *LEARNED* about the truth…

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