Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:

A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream…. a flash of lightning in a summer cloud; a flickering lamp, a phantom, & a dream.”*

Today is the May full moon or Visakha Pùja, when Buddhists the world over contemplate the birth, enlightenment & passing of the Buddha.  Time is spent on development of the mind (meditation) & words, deeds & thoughts are cultivated to be ever more inspired by compassion, generosity & virtue. 

Meditation teaches us awareness: to live in the moment, savouring every breath.  It brings a new freshness, new vitality, new comprehension of life……. For the past moment is already history, we cannot change it; & we do not know what pleasures or pains the next moment may bring.  This moment, this fleeting moment, is all we have. 

So, therefore, live mindfully, live in the present: my gift to you this Visakha Pùja.  Anumodana!


*verse from the Diamond Sutta reflecting on the transient nature of all things.


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