Transcending Suffering and Impermanence
There is a buddhist philosophy that life is all about loss and suffering.
The Budha says:
Life is suffering.
Why? Because life is impermanence — whatever we gain, eventually, we must lose.
- Riches, power, people, health, even our memories perhaps.
In a sense, this is like the saying from “War of the Roses”:
There is no winning, only degrees of losing.
However, there is one exception to the impermanence and loss in life:
The only thing that is permanent is our good deeds, and with this we can achieve an everlasting good name for ourselves.
In Judaism, we teach:
A good name is better than fine oil.
Hence, this is the permanence that we strive for in life and in death.
If we can attain a good name through purity of soul then in a sense, we can transcend life’s suffering and impermanence.
By becoming non-attached to all of life’s temporary things, and instead focusing on perfecting ourselves, we can free ourselves from suffering and from this world, and then we can go on in everlasting-peace to the afterlife.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)