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It All Happens, and Nothing Lasts

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Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being
Published September 21st, 2015

The Buddha often described the nature of existence as being like a rainbow, an echo, a dream, like a drop of dew on a blade of grass, like a flash of lightning in a summer sky. He talked about life as being like a magic show, a phantom, like bubbles in a stream — it all happens, and nothing lasts. To crave, to try to hold on, is to live apart from the truth of how things are, and so we will suffer. To shut down, to not open to the tender beauty of existence, is also to live apart from the truth of how things are, and similarly, we will suffer.

Sharon Salzberg

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