The Five Remembrances

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This week’s meditation is a continuation from last week. Also thinking of the last remembrance in terms of Right Livelihood and Right Speech – how I interact with others at work and how I navigate the inevitable politics, rife at the middle management level.

From the Upajjhatthana Sutta, translated by Thanissaro Bikkhu.
citation: “Upajjhatthana Sutta: Subjects for Contemplation” (AN 5.57), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 3 July 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.057.than.html . Retrieved on 16 April 2012.

“There are these five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. Which five?

“‘I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.’ This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.

“‘I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.’ …

“‘I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.’ …

“‘I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.’ …

“‘I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.’ …

I am created, affected, and defined by my actions. What actions do I choose?