Impermanence cannot be Stopped!
Let us face the dry facts! Everything is impermanent! We can all understand
impermanence superficially. But deep down in our subconscious mind, a
of permanence is lurking. So we keep patching up our broken teeth,
dry skin, brittle nails, grey hair, hunched backs, weak eyes,
becoming sick, breaking bones, and many other things
caused by the inevitable
impermanence of this fragile body. Similarly do our moods, our
thoughts, our perceptions, and our memories all go through
many changes in
every moment. We take medicines, see mental health specialists,
and do many
other things, including meditation, to correct our restless flickering
While we are doing this, impermanence is still going on crushing
both inside our body and mind, and also
outside in all the worlds...
While all the
organs, all the cells, nervous system, quality of blood, capacity
content in the lungs, and the bone structure are going through this
rapid, and unmistakable change, no matter how much we patch up on the
surface, and beneath the skin, impermanence is working its due course quite
persistently underground, and inside the body and mind. Nothing on this earth,
no science, no technology, can delay, or ever stop this proceeding of change!
Impermanence keeps burning everything up unstoppable, and
Seeing impermanence (anicca) is the key that
opens mind to see suffering,
and no-self! The moment we understand this
very clearly, our mind realizes
the very fact, that things change without
leaving a trace behind to follow the
path that this impermanence has taken.
This is called voidness, or signlessness...
This awareness evaporates the
lust, and desire for
anything, that is impermanent!
It also evaporates all aversion growing up from our disappointed expectations...
Then naturally, this clean mind becomes fully aware of not
having any agent,
immovable mover, or controller, which commonly is
mistaken as "Self, I, Me, Ego"
or even "Soul" by some people. This element of
the Dhamma, this basic intrinsic
nature of all, this law of Dhamma is known in Buddhism as
the emptiness of self!
Sabbe Dhammā Anatta
= All States are Self-&-coreless!
Seeing impermanence with wisdom is the key to
all detachment, any calming, stilling,
ceasing, and releasing mental relinquishment.
A quite joyous freedom is the result!
122) The Blessed
points out that
arises from clinging, and attaching to all these impermanent things:
"I do not see even a single kind of
form, from the change and alteration of
which, there would not
arise sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair in
one who lusts for it, and takes delight in it!" The same is true of all
feelings, perceptions, any constructed intention, and kind of consciousness!
If we tenaciously cling to any of them, then we suffer, when
This passage clearly states, that
suffering arises from the attachment to
form, not because the form is
impermanent, but because we are attached
to impermanent form. When we attain full enlightenment, we do not suffer!
This happens not because we make any impermanent things now everlasting!
This happens only because we release our clinging to
all impermanent things..
continue to be impermanent, whether we ever gain
enlightenment, or not. As the blessed
Buddha also has explained
appear, or do not appear, there is
established element of Dhamma, this fixed law of Dhamma:
'All that is
conditioned, and constructed is impermanent.' To this a Tathāgata
fully awakens, and fully
understands. So awakened, and thus understanding,
he announces it, points it
out, declares, establishes, expounds, and explains it,
classifies, and clarifies it:
'All that is conditioned is actually impermanent... '
Bhikkhus, whether Tathāgatas
appear, or do not appear, there is always this
precedent condition, and absolute of Dhamma, this anchored law of Dhamma:
'All that is conditioned, and constructed is unsatisfactory,
and thus suffering!'
this a Tathāgata fully awakens, and fully understands. So awakened, and
thus understanding, he announces, points
it out, declares, establishes, explains,
and clarifies it: 'All that is conditioned,
and constructed is indeed Suffering!'
Bhikkhus, whether Tathāgatas appear, or do not appear,
there is always this
situation present, this subtle truth of Dhamma, this safe doctrine of Dhamma:
'All states are without a self!' To this fact any
Tathāgata fully awakens, and
understands. So awakened, and understanding, he announces, points it out,
declares, establishes, explains
it, and clarifies it: All states are without
Anguttara Nikāya I 285
By seeing this impermanence, suffering, and selflessness
thus in all conditioned
things in this, and any other world, one naturally becomes disenchanted with
This disenchantment leads to disillusion, and dispassion
towards everything. Within a dispassionate mind craving for everything will
gradually fade away
(virāga). With this insight, one lets go of
Being dispassionate, one thereby liberates oneself from all this evil misery...
Being liberated, one knows that one is liberated, has ended rebirth,
the Noble life, has done what should be done, and that there is
to be done! This means that attaining full freedom from all
begins with this very perfect, complete, and acute awareness of
From Impermanence to Liberation.
Buddhist Publication Society
Newsletter #63: 2010-1.
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Basic Fact: Anicca,