Temporary Tattoo With Permanent Marker

Sometimes when I feel inspired by Dharma talks or my own insights, I like to remind myself of what I learned. This way, I can integrate the practice into everyday life better, I find.

Lately, I found talks by Joseph Goldstein incredibly valuable. In one I listened to recently, he told the story of a disciple asking his teacher how he would distill all of Buddhist teachings into one sentence. The teacher said:

Everything changes.

And yes, a lot of dis-ease stems from some sort of clinging or attachment. And reminding myself of the permanence of change has helped me.

Also, I like to remind myself that self is an illusion, thus the current “tattoo” saying:


But what inspires me the most or seems to be the essence for me is subject to change as well, so… this tattoo will pass.

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