Five Recollections For Today, Tomorrow, and Every Day

The Five Recollections combine a healthy recognition of impermanence with death awareness. Most of the Buddhist monks and nuns that I know chant the recollections every day. The truth is, the recollections are not just for monastics. They were intended for all of us. From the Upajjhatthana Sutta, “These are the five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.” In today’s episode, we will examine these five facts and the value that they bring to our practice, especially as we make peace with death.

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