3 thoughts on “The Five Daily Recollections

  1. I’ve been trying to incorporate the Five Remembrances into my life for a couple years, now. Really succinct, and increasingly helpful, although I think I’ve internalized them maybe 15% successfully. 🙂 Baby steps.

    I am really fond of Thich Nhat Hahn’s translation.

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    The Five Remembrances:

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

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

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

    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.

    My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

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    1. The Thich Nnat Hahn translation is nice, particularly the last two, although I do like the brevity of this one too. New to me, but it struck me an just the facts of life that we frequently forget. I saw it mentioned by Ayya Khema in _Be an Island_.

      Yeah, think it might take a long time to internalize. Might need enlightenment too.

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