Three Marks of Existence (Anicca)

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Anicca
Simply means 'change' and EVERYTHING changes.
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Anicca occurs on two levels
The gross level of change and The subtle level of change
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The gross level of change
Obvious, physical changes such as weather, ageing, death. Perceived by the naked eye. Also applies to social and historical changes. This type of change is undeniable.
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The subtle level of change
Often referred to as 'momentary change' - perpetual process of flux ("There is no such thing as an ordinary moment")
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Example of subtle level
E.g. Chair - atoms and molecules are in perpetual motion and are continually changing their configurations.
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Benefits
Allows us to transform a negative emotion/situation into a positive one. Loosens our attachments to things. Buddha taught that much dukkha stems from grasping/craving/desiring things that are ultimately not real.
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Sand Mandalas
Complex pictures of the universe made with sand. As soon as they are finished, they are swept away to demonstrate Anicca
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Indra and the Brahmin boy
Indra is a God and the Brahmin boy points to a trail of ants reminding Indra that one day he will be reborn into a lower realm - don't become attached to achievement in life as it is not permanent
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The gross level of change and The subtle level of change

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Anicca occurs on two levels

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Obvious, physical changes such as weather, ageing, death. Perceived by the naked eye. Also applies to social and historical changes. This type of change is undeniable.

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Card 4

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Often referred to as 'momentary change' - perpetual process of flux ("There is no such thing as an ordinary moment")

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Card 5

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E.g. Chair - atoms and molecules are in perpetual motion and are continually changing their configurations.

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