Monday, November 4, 2013

All things change -- zhū háng wú cháng (諸行無常)

Yung Suk Kim

All things change! As nature changes, so do we. A famous Buddhist phrase comes into my mind: zhū háng wú cháng (諸行無常), which means "all things change." Life is a change. Our body cells are replaced every six years. Food changes to energy through metabolism. If there is no change, there is no life. I exist because I change!

To our dismay, our culture hardly accepts this very fact that we are to live with change. We often resist aging and dying, casting an unnecessary fantasy into life beyond this world. We don't need a utopia to escape this world.

How can we live a genuine life of a change without fears about the future? More than that, what would be an ideal character of transformation we love to embrace?

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