People say, life is a long dream, a hundred years pass by like a blink of an eye, and the world is just a temporary resting place by the roadside. Buddhists believe that the human realm is just a very small, very small resting place in the cycle of reincarnation through countless lifetimes. What one possesses today, who knows if it will last long tomorrow? Therefore, Buddhists also advise not to cling to or hold onto anything in the transient world. Everything is an illusion, a bubble, and will burst once one closes their eyes and lets go. Learning to let go is to fully enjoy this life. When we know how to let go of these things, we will no longer suffer when we cannot hold onto them.

There is a story: During the time of the Buddha, Shakyamuni, living at Jetavana Monastery, there was a couple of the Brahmin caste who had a 14 or 15-year-old daughter. She was intelligent, beautiful, and extraordinarily talented. Her parents loved her more than their own lives. Whenever they had any worries, they just had to see their daughter, and all their worries would disappear. But one day, when she fell ill, she suddenly passed away. Faced with the sudden departure of their daughter, the father's pain was indescribable. He cried incessantly and seemed to lose the will to live. One day, he went to see the Buddha, sorrowfully expressing: "I have no son, only this daughter. I love her more than anything. But suddenly, she left me in this world due to illness. No matter how I call her, she won't wake up. I am in unbearable pain, I cannot bear it, and I only hope that the Blessed One can relieve my sorrow." His voice choked, tears flowed down his face. Anyone who heard it felt sorry for his situation. The Buddha told him that there are four things in the world that cannot be held onto forever:

1. What is thought to be permanent will always change (All that is born will die)

Everything in the world is impermanent. People experience birth, aging, illness, and death. The world experiences spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The weather is hot and cold. Everything is always in motion, never standing still, and never enduring forever. From a scientific perspective, the composition of every object consists of molecules, atoms, and other smaller particles. These material particles are constantly in motion. What appears to be still and unchanging is actually in constant chaotic motion when viewed under a microscope. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus had a famous saying: "No man ever steps in the same river twice." The river may appear unchanged, but every second, every minute, it is changing, and no one notices. The water is changing, the silt is changing color, the rocks, and plants under the water are no longer the same. Isn't it as if one has bathed in two different rivers?

2. Wealth cannot last forever (Riches are not eternal)

The ancients said: "No one is rich for three generations, no one is poor for three lifetimes." The implication is that fortune always changes, and wealth and prosperity are constantly shifting. Buddhists preach that the wealth of a person in this life is the karmic reward from their past life. Accumulating virtue, doing good deeds, venerating the Buddha, and believing in the divine in the past life will result in wealth and prosperity in this life. Therefore, do not judge a person by their material possessions. Those things will all turn into illusions after a hundred years. When people die, they cannot take anything with them. When they close their eyes, everyone is left with empty hands. Therefore, it is said that wealth cannot last forever. In another sense, the reason why wealth cannot last is because people often have greed and do not know when to stop. They have money, mansions, cars, and a good wife and beautiful children, but they are never satisfied. They spend their whole lives chasing after vanity, luxury, always wanting to make more money. In the end, they may lose the most precious things, become corrupt, forget how to be a good person, and forget to think of others. In this way, they will lose their virtue, and their wealth will eventually dissipate.

3. Gatherings will inevitably lead to partings (Gatherings are not eternal)

Life is too short, and every moment of reunion is precious. Even more precious is the fact that it will not last forever. The coming together and parting is the norm of life. Parents cannot live with their children for their entire lives. Friends, no matter how close, are like clouds, gathering and then dispersing. A wonderful lover, making vows for a hundred years, will eventually fade away with the morning dew. On our life's journey, we will always have to face such gatherings and partings. We will have to go through all the toasts of reunion and the farewells at the train station. Ultimately, everything is not beyond the fate of "Having affinity, one will meet. Having no affinity, one will part."

4. No matter how healthy, one will return to dust (Strength is not eternal)

A person's health is the most unstable thing. Today, they may be strong, full of vitality, and energetic, but tomorrow, their body may be frail, their hair gray, and breathing difficult. Because people have to face birth, aging, illness, and death, no one can say that they will always be healthy. The ancients believed that wealth and prosperity are not as important as good health. Therefore, throughout history, we see that the ancients always sought elixirs of immortality, ways to preserve life, and cultivation to achieve eternal life. Because they understood this, health is a gift from heaven, but one day, heaven will take it back. Because health is limited, Buddhists preach that people must learn to control their desires. Being obsessed with seeking, chasing after desires will harm oneself, and life will not last long. The best way to preserve health is to cultivate and train oneself. In the "Analects," Confucius said: "In the morning, hear the Way, in the evening, die content." Hearing the Way, gaining the Dharma, is living without wasting one's life, even if one dies, they will still be content.

The world is temporary, life is very short and uncertain, so we always remember to live with each other without barriers. People do not understand, so there are conflicts that create painful lives. People in the world think they live to create this career, that career, etc., but there is one thing that everyone forgets, that is life will come to death, with birth comes death, that is the eternal truth. We live to meet each other, just like people on the road meeting for a while and then parting, because we are here now, but then we will die, whether we want to or not, no one can avoid that place. In the eyes of the Dharma, human life is very short, just a breath. Therefore, to say that yesterday was still young, today is old and weak, is still a long time, according to the Buddha, it is just a breath. Breathing out without breathing in is death. All things in the universe, from small grains of sand to large stars and planets, and all living beings, must follow the four stages of "Formation - Existence - Destruction - Emptiness," "Birth - Aging - Illness - Death," this constant change and transformation is called impermanence. Understanding the doctrine of impermanence is always good for us. Birth, aging, illness, and death are the laws of life, nothing lasts forever. We are born alone, and then we will also depart alone. We cannot hold onto anything forever. Even the mind and all phenomena are constantly changing every moment.

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