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Jundo
09-28-2010, 02:25 PM
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As time passes, we now move on from our look at the Eightfold Path, for the cherry blossoms are abloom here in Japan today. Spring has come. So, I would like to turn our attention to another fundamental of the Buddha’s teachings:

Impermanence… No composite thing will last, and all are ever changing.

Traditionally in Japan, the Sakura, the soft leaves of the cherry blossom tree which last but a few days, have symbolized the coming of new life in Spring, the ephemerality of that life and beauty, and the sad impermanence of all things as they flutter to the ground. We may be tempted to say that, because things are impermanent, there is suffering. But no less, because there is change and death, there is birth and life in nature. ?tagaki Rengetsu (?????), the great 19th century poet and Pure Land Buddhist nun, wrote:

Cherry blossoms
Fall at the peak of their beauty
In this world
To teach our hearts
To be free of attachment

Impermanence is both the root of suffering, and the doorway to freedom when seen with a Buddha’s eyes.

CLICK HERE for today’s Sit-A-Long video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IpDbecjzA&feature=player_embedded

Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.

Byokan
03-06-2015, 05:53 PM
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03-23-2015, 08:02 PM
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Troy
06-18-2015, 02:05 PM
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Jika
07-31-2015, 08:38 AM
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vipin
04-20-2016, 06:29 PM
Thanks Jundo

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04-20-2016, 06:30 PM
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Theophan
04-22-2016, 06:34 PM
Jundo
Thank you

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Cyd
08-21-2016, 09:38 PM
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jmiller
03-30-2017, 02:43 AM
Thank you Jundo, profundity found in simplicity.

Gassho,
John Miller
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Billy
04-18-2017, 05:45 PM
Thank you Jundo, such a clear teaching.

Gassho,
Billy
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Budo-Dan
06-28-2017, 12:51 PM
I have noticed (about myself) that change is something that I have started to resist in recent years. In fact, it has been a source of great anxiety for me. This class has given me some food for thought. Thank you!

Gassho
Dan
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Teiro
05-05-2019, 07:06 PM
Thank you, Jundo for the teaching.

Gassho
Teiro

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Shōnin Risa Bear
05-05-2019, 07:16 PM
Gratitude.

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doyu sat today

Jundo
05-05-2019, 11:16 PM
Hah, looking at my beard back in 2010 when this was made, and today ... now whiter than the cherry blossoms ... provides solid evidence of impermanence and change!

Gassho, J

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