International Meditation Center

International Meditation Center

IN THE TRADITION OF SAYAGYI U BA KHIN
AND MOTHER SAYAMAGYI

Next Course: October 11 - 21, 2019

The Final Words of the Buddha

28 July, 2016

The final words of the Buddha just before he breathed his last and passed into Maha-paranibbana were “Decay or annica is inherent in all component things, work out your own salvation with diligence” In fact, this is the essence of all his teachings dur…

The final words of the Buddha just before he breathed his last and passed into Maha-paranibbana were “Decay or annica is inherent in all component things, work out your own salvation with diligence”

In fact, this is the essence of all his teachings during the forty-five years of his Buddha-hood. If you keep the awareness of Annica, which is inherent in all component things, you are sure to reach the goal in due time.

If you know anicca (impermanence) truly, you know dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) also as a sequel, and anatta (no self) as the ultimate truth. Anicca must first be experienced and understood by practice. A mere reading of the books on Buddhism or book knowledge of the Buddha-Dhamma will not be enough because the experiential aspect will be missing. It is only through experience and understanding of the nature of anicca as an ever-changing process in your very self that you can understand anicca in the way the Buddha would like you to understand it.

Sayagyi U Ba Khin

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