“Nothing Lasts, Everything Changes — How to Embrace Impermanence” Live-streamed discussion and meditation at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, March 15, 2020
We cling to things as if they won’t change, but change is the nature of reality. It’s only a habit of mind that imposes permanence onto people, possessions, feelings, and relationships, causing us pain when these naturally change or end. All physical things begin, endure, decay, and die: our possessions, homes, buildings, bodies, the environment, and civilization itself. Inside too, our minds are at flux, cycling through thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. We’re never the same person and every moment is new. When we embrace impermanence, we can become more fully present to those around us, and more deeply appreciate life’s fleeting pleasures.
This discussion and meditation by Scott Snibbe for the Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist studies was given via Facebook Live video stream on March 15, 2020 due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak and the “shelter in place” order for California. The topic was also addressed in podcast Episode 9: Embracing Impermanence and Episode 10: Guided Meditation — Embracing Impermanence.
The talk, part of Tse Chen Ling’s “Taste of Buddhism” program takes an accessible, secular approach to Buddhist topics, requiring no religious beliefs.
Scott Snibbe is a twenty-year student of Tibetan Buddhism, whose teachers include Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Ven. Rene Feusi, Choden Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Inspired by his teachers, he leads meditations that infuse the pure lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist masters with science, humor, and the realities of the modern world. A former digital artist and technology entrepreneur, Scott is the host of the meditation podcast A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment.