Passing Hotel Guests & Nonstop Temporariness

Published December 2nd, 2012

“The Buddha said we should treat our life as the experience of a hotel. In a big hotel, people constantly check in and out. This is how our life is—new friends check in and old friends check out. This is the beauty of temporariness. Temporary things are blissful and beautiful. When things are stagnant and ‘forever’, it stinks! We should think that this life and all its relationships are very temporary. Even though we may not separate from our loved ones during this breathing life, one of these days we will have to die. And when you die, you go separate.” ~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse aka Khyentse Norbu

(slightly edited excerpt from a talk given in Singapore, on April 8, 2012.)

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