“The Sound of bells echoes through the monastery at Gion Shoja, telling all who hear it that nothing is permanent.”
“Gion Shouja no kane no koe, shogyoumujou no hibiki ari.”
A haunting passage isn’t it? It the most famous line from one of the classics of Japanese literature, “The Tale of the Heike.” Shogyoumujou is the “nothing is permanent/everything in life is transient” part of the passage. I’m not going to try to explain Zen philosophy here, but I just wanted to share this with you as it has affected me greatly since I first read it.
No matter your pains, addictions, sufferings … or your pleasures, glories, or successes for that matter, they will not endure eternity.