Saturday, February 27, 2010


"The Sound of bells echoes through the monastery at Gion Shoja, telling all who hear it that nothing is permanent."
"Gion Shouja no kane no koe, shogyoumujou no hibiki ari."
A haunting passage isn't it? It the most famous line from one of the classics of Japanese literature, "The Tale of the Heike." Shogyoumujou is the "nothing is permanent/everything in life is transient" part of the passage. I'm not going to try to explain Zen philosophy here, but I just wanted to share this with you as it has affected me greatly since I first read it.
No matter your pains, addictions, sufferings ... or your pleasures, glories, or successes for that matter, they will not endure eternity.

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