anatta

The Three Signs

Contemplating the three signs is a way to help loosen our attachment to the ideas of permanence, pleasure and a permanent self. These are all attractive concepts for most of us, but the Buddha taught that attachment to these leads to unhappiness. Firstly permanence; we want to live in a dependable world where we, and those we care about, continue indefinitely. Logically we know this is unrealistic but because a lot of change is gradual we can ignore the fact that nothing conditioned is permanent.

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