Thursday, June 14, 2007

flag day

5 daily remembrances

1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

2. I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.

3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

4. All that is dear to me, and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, buddhist monk, teacher, activist

picture: prayer flags in kentucky community garden, cleveland. june 2007

6 comments:

Polly Jean said...

if said monk were in front of me, i'd take him to task about the ill health point. i don't think it's neccesary to get sick.

(and this is coming from someone who's mother died at 46 from cancer.)

its just that since i've been eating right and exercising and getting good sleep, i haven't gotten sick in several years. seriously. i think its all in the mind.

jude said...

i guess we could redefine ill health as the process of moving toward death and then we could say that that is true for all of us. just no longer regenerating. melting?

kimy said...

my heart aches and breaks hearing of your loss. so cruel when she & you were so young...alas, I'm afraid 'said monk' does speak 'the truth.' for me these buddhist remembrances are inevitable facts of life. I totally agree the mind is very (if not the most) important 'organ' and yes, we need to do what we can in terms of good food, exercise and lifestyle, but alas there is much out our orbit of control. xxxx

kimy said...

ah my response to pj was being formed as jude's wise words were 'coming in' - a cosmic cyber convergence here???

cfrank said...

I love your "flag day" choice of prayer flags. You have wonderful pictures.

msb said...

Amazing. How close life and death is.