Five Daily Recollections

I heard an interview this week with Jeff Bridges. He recited these remembrances, which Buddhists are encouraged to recall daily:

  • I am of the nature to grow old; I cannot avoid aging.
  • I am of the nature to become ill or injured; I cannot avoid illness or injury
  • I am of the nature to die; I cannot avoid death.
  • All that is mine, dear and delightful, will change and vanish.
  • I am the owner of my actions;
    I am born of my actions;
    I am related to my actions;
    I am supported by my actions;
    Any thoughts, words or deeds I do, good or evil, those I will inherit.

from AN V.57  Upajjhatthana Sutta: Subjects for Contemplation


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