Five Reflections

Jan. 13, 2011 - Posted by in: Blog - Comments Off

Contemplative Care Retreat at Garrison: Five Reflections

The sun casts a rosy glow on the snow here as we prepare a
four-day retreat for Chaplaincy Students. We’ll reflect on these facts:

1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape
growing old.

2. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to
escape having ill health.

3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape
Death.

4. 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.

5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape
the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.

- from the Upajjhatthana Sutta

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