Posted by: Upāsaka | 03/21/2020

Why Are You Surprised?

Ridiculous

How ridiculous of me to be surprised when the governor announced that he was shutting the whole state down. How strange to be surprised by a pandemic sweeping the world. How silly to be shocked by loss? What, but this, is samsara?

254. Lābho alābho ayaso yaso ca,
Nindā pasaṁsā ca sukhañ-ca dukkhaṁ:
Ete aniccā manujesu dhammā,
Asassatā vipariṇāmadhammā.

Gain and loss, fame and infamy,
Blame, praise, happiness, suffering:
These are impermanent, passing,
Having a changeable nature.


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