The Five Recollections

I’ve read a fair bit about Buddhism, but this is the first time I’ve stumbled across these teachings summed up in quite this way. The Five Recollections are kinda youchie. But saying it out loud three times provides a surprise in the heart:

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 having 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 deeds are my closest companions. I am the beneficiary of my deeds. My deeds are the ground on which I stand.

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