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What is Life? Life is me. It is not separate from me, not merely a reflection of my thoughts and projections, it is me.
Life is such a great teacher.. whenever we feel complacent and proud, Life will somehow manage to wack havoc as if to show who's the boss... through our ups and downs we learn of countless lessons throughout our lifetime.
The Four Seals of Dharma
All compounded things are impermanent.
All emotions are painful. This is something that only Buddhists would talk about. Many religions worship things like love with celebration and songs. Buddhists think, “This is all suffering.”
All phenomena are empty; they are without inherent existence. This is actually the ultimate view of Buddhism; the other three are grounded on this third seal.
The fourth seal is that nirvana is beyond extremes.
From all these lessons that i've learnt, none bring me more peace and joy than the 4 Dharma Seals. When i can see the truth of the 4 Dharma seals in them, especially the first seal of 'All compounded things are impermanent.' and third seal of 'All phenomena are empty'. It brings me much peace and joy, that even experiences of pain cease to be suffering.
Although i've yet to realise the ultimate truths in this 4 Dharma seals, I'm contented with just seeing impermanence and emptiness nature of each moment... and laughing at & with myself how I took my attachments and the contents of my thoughts and the sense perceptions so seriously. Its amazing how much joy arises from just seeing the 4 Dharma Seals... not even death can take it away. What more do I need to at ease now?
May you be at ease too.
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