Ajahn Kalyano, abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, had kindly accepted our invitation to Dhammagiri's Robe Offering Ceremony at the end of the rains retreat. Directly after the auspicious Paritta Chanting, he delivered the main Dhammatalk at the occasion.
First extending his anumodanā to the lay community for their their generous support of Dhammagiri, Ajahn proceeds to expound the contemplation of impermanence from many angles. 'Anicca' (impermanence) is one of the characteristics of all conditioned phenomena, whether it be material possessions, or the feelings & emotions we experience internally, or the body and life of our loved ones - they never last, but are subject to change, decay and ultimate destruction. Ajahn encourages us to reflect on this reality, to carefully observe impermanence in our own experience, so that we can abondon all attachment and free ourselves from the suffering that is an inevitable consequence of attachment.
Ajahn beautifuly elucidates his teaching with the story of a monk who once received a very valuable Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain cup as a gift. This monk became quite anxious about the cup, and took meticulous care of it, to preserve it and exhibit it at suitable occasions to his guests, to the extent that the cup became a burden on his mind. However, when someone else finally broke his cup accidentally, he did not become upset, but instead he fully let go of it, and realized that with the letting go of attachment, all his anxiety and suffering about the cup also vanished.
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