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One of the suttas in the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha recommends that everyone contemplates these five facts frequently:

I am sure to become old; I cannot avoid ageing.

I am sure to become ill; I cannot avoid illness.

I am sure to die; I cannot avoid death.

I must be separated and parted from all that is dear and beloved to me.

I am the owner of my actions, heir of my actions, actions are the womb (from which I have sprung), actions are my relations, actions are my protection.  Whatever actions I do, good or bad, of these I shall become the heir.

(Aṅguttara Nikāya 5:57)

On Monday, October 29th, the Eno River Buddhist Community will offer a program focusing on the Five Contemplations.  Those who wish are invited to bring something that symbolizes a personal connection with any of the contemplations.  The objects (photographs, keepsakes, etc.) will be placed in the center of the circle for the evening as reminders of the universality of the five facts we reflect upon together.

Here is a translation of the full sutta by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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