Already Broken

photo(1)When my friend saw the exfoliating pot in the garden by my driveway, she gasped.  “What happened?”  Then she realized that I must have put it there deliberately.

It’s a good daily reminder to me of the truth of  impermanence.  Everything eventually disintegrates.

I often think of a frequently told story about revered Thai Buddhist monk Ajahn Chah.  One of his students realized he had a favorite cup. The student reproved the teacher, saying “you’re a monk; you’re not supposed to be attached.”

“Ah,” said Ajahn Chah, “I know the cup is already broken.”

 Photo: raku pot by friend Mona, who understands why it’s in the garden

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2 Responses to Already Broken

  1. Steve says:

    Already Broken – a wonderful teaching. I heard this a while back and it made a huge difference in my consciousness. Thanks for the reminder.
    I have several things in my yard that look like your pot. Now I can pretend that they are there on purpose – : )

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