Slides in this set
THE IMPERMANENCE OF ALL THINGS
· Nothing what so ever is permanent
· All compound things must have a beginning middle and end
· Existence only works when certain factors come together, and
at some point those factors with separate and disperse and
the compound thing will cease to exist.
· Although many are aware of this truth, most people behave in
a way which suggests that we think some things are
· Some believe is eternal things such as; God, soul, heaven,
peace, justice, beauty, truth
· We also relate to ourselves as permanent; death is seen as a
shock or a surprise.
· There are two levels of change; gross and subtle.…read more
THE GROSS LEVEL OF CHANGE
· The gross level is the obvious physical level of change:
things we experience. The weather, the way things
decay, the way people grow up and die.
· This gross level also applies to historical change, social
change, geographic change, etc..
· This kind of change we can observe with our own eyes,
and for Buddhists is undeniable.…read more
THE SUBTLE LEVEL OF CHANGE
· Everything is in a perpetual process of flux from moment to
· Although objects like tables might look the same their atoms
and molecules are in perpetual motion and are continually
changing their configuration.
· So even before the gross level of change, there is still change
happening all the time.
· We do not suddenly grow old on a certain day; it is a process.
· Momentary change cannot be observed by the naked eye.
· The Buddha did not have microscopes and such and instead
gained insight through meditation.…read more
THE QUESTION OF CONTINUITY
· All philosophers have grappled with the problem of the
relationship between continuity and change. The way
Buddhists account for this relationship is by explaining
that momentary change happens in a continuum of
linked moments. Each moment is so short that we do not
· They are all connected by causal connections, one
cannot just become an elephant.…read more
THE CASE OF ABSTRACT IDEAS
· So what about God, truth and beauty? The very definition
of these things include permanence.
· Buddhists say that the bare fact that we have an idea is
not proof that it exists in actuality.
· The Buddhist view is that none of our abstract concepts
correspond with something that exists objectively; they
are only human interpretations of experience. They are
not real, just a way of communicating.
· Anicca is telling us that permanence doesn't exist.…read more