Monday, January 19, 2015

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh' (click)
published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'.


"The Buddha taught that everything is impermanent-----flowers, tables, mountains,
political regimes, bodies, feelings, perceptions,
mental formations, and consciousness.

We cannot find anything that is permanent.

Flowers decompose, but knowing this does not prevent us from loving flowers.

In fact, we are able to love them more because we know how to treasure them 
while they are still alive. 

If we learn to look at a flower in a way that impermanence is revealed to us,
when it dies, we will not suffer.

Our Tibetan prayer flags are already starting to unravel.They don't last forever either.

Impermanence is more than an idea.
It is a practice to help us touch reality."


  1. Oh this is so beautiful Jim, words and all those lovely wonderful colours just pick me right up....I have to go look again thank you (oh you should pay a visit to my blog spec 3 days ago, you'll see why ;)

  2. ignore that last thing, i hadn't seen your hilarious comment made me laugh lol, and now I have a reason to visit this beautiful blog again, txs so much

  3. Everything lasts forever, it changes, that's all.

  4. What a great post, and beautiful photos to accompany it. I actually like the idea of Impermanence. All life is recycled and everything is refreshed.

  5. Your Tibetan prayer flags are beautiful, so much color!
    I always enjoy your Contemplative Monday posts, always so peaceful.
    Thanks Cuz .. LOL
    (We really might be related!)

  6. We ourselves are little more than flowers; and yet we are also universes containing vast spaces and countless living organisms. I like to think of all the prayers your vibrant flags send out on the wind. Have a happy week!

  7. Love the vibrant cloths on your prayer flag!

  8. Such true statements about impermanence. It makes things all the more treasured and loved.

  9. I like the colorful photos and much more the words accompanying them. Inspiring thoughts.


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