Challenging words, an encouragement for change

Encouraging Words

Some day you will die.
Lying on your sick-bed about to breathe your last, you will be assailed by every kind of pain. Your mind will be filled with fears and anxieties and you will not know where to go or what to do.

Only then you will realize you have not practiced well.
The skandhas/aggregates (matter, sensations, conceptions, impulses and consciousness) and the four elements in you will quickly disintegrate, and your consciousness will be pulled wherever your ancient, twisted karma leads it.
Impermanence does not hesitate.
Death will not wait.
You will not be able to extend you life by even a second. How many thousands times more will you have to pass through the gates of birth and death.
If these words are challenging, even insulting, let them be an encouragement for you to change.
Practice heroically.
Do not accumulate unnecessary possessions.
Don’t give up.
Still your mind, end wrong perceptions, concentrate and do not run after the objects of your senses.
Practice diligently.
Be determined not to let your days and months pass by wastefully.

~ Zen Master Guishan


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  1. Your timing was perfect for this post. “Impermanence does not hesitate” has shown up around me recently with an immediacy that seems brutal. Life teaching us about yoga. The practice gets us ready for those lessons. Thanks for posting!


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