Understanding impermanence will lessen our suffering in this life. Teaching on the three characteristics of impermanence, suffering, and the lack of a soul inside the elements can enlighten us and help us overcome any problems in our lives. Impermanence is an important part of the Buddhist teachings on peace. It teaches us that everything in life changes, and that we should accept these changes with peace. Impermanence is a reality which affects everything. Understanding this can help us to approach life with a more peaceful, accepting attitude. Impermanence is a law of nature. Accepting impermanence can help one learn how to live a peaceful life. It is also important to accept impermanence in the inside world, where many people can struggle with it. The thoughts that occupy our minds are always in flux and cannot be relied on, whether good or bad. Engaging with them in a non-judgmental way allows us to learn to flow with them. When we cling to our thoughts and ideas, we suffer.
This dhamma talk was originally recorded on cassette tape on 5th April 1994. It has now been remastered but the quality is still a bit scratchy. But the content is classic Ajahn Brahm and will be of interest to his many fans.
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