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L. A. Alexander, Sogyal Rinpoche, Pha Dampa Sangye,
Book of Revelation, Book of Daniel, Dr. Joyce Brothers


Dear Readers,

It doesn't take a genius to realize that life is temporal, impermanent and very, very
changeable! By the age of two, we discover that our favorite toy eventually breaks.
And yet, we never seem to remember that basic lesson, no matter how old we get.
Do you think those hip, young superstars really believe they could ever be broke
and forgotten? Does the grieving spouse ever believe they will smile again? Do we
anticipate being fired from our job, or receiving the unexpected phone call for an
even better position? But we assume when we eat breakfast that we'll be hungry for
lunch in just a few hours. Everything on earth changes and our lives are but a series
of chapters that begin and end. No, if you're looking for something unchanging, the
only place to look is in the spiritual realm; at which point it's interesting to consider
spending more time "there" if you wish to rest inside that which does not change.

- Lisa

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Notes from Lisa: There are a myriad of sources for the famous phrase:
"This, too shall pass." One story attributes it to a Jewish folktale involving
King Solomon, who asked his trusted minister to find him a magic ring that
made the happy man sad and the sad man happy. Knowing no such ring
existed, he was shocked when the minister returned six months later and
produced a ring. His surprise turned to humility when when he read the
inscription on the ring: "gimel, zavin, yud;" letters which begin the words,
"This too shall pass." Solomon suddenly realized that all his wealth
and wisdom were but fleeting and that he, too, would pass away.

American president Abraham Lincoln invoked the same phrase in a speech
before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee on September
30, 1859: "It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent
him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate
in all times and situations. They presented him the words: 'And this, too, shall
pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride!
How consoling in the depths of affliction!"

A third version places the story in India where the king's daughter bests
the wise men by presenting her father with the famous phrase engraved
on a beautiful emerald. I leave it to you to choose your favorite story...


Whate'er thou art, where'er thy footsteps stray,
Heed these wise words: This, too, shall pass away.
Oh, jewel sentence from the mine of truth!
What riches it contains for age or youth.
No stately epic, measured and sublime,
So comforts, or so counsels, for all time
As these few words. Go write them on your heart
And make them of your daily life a part.
Art thou in misery, brother? Then I pray
Be comforted! Thy grief shall pass away.
Art thou elated? Ah, be not too gay;
Temper thy joy, this, too, shall pass away.
Fame, glory, place and power,

They are but little baubles of the hour.
Thus, be not o'er proud,
Nor yet cast down; judge thou aright;
When skies are clear, expect the cloud;
In darkness, wait the coming light;
Whatever be thy fate today,
Remember, even this, shall pass away!

Adapted by L. A. Alexander
from sources including Paul Hamilton Hayne,
John Godfrey Saxe, Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998


We have to learn, in both meditation and in life,
to be free of attachment to the good experiences,
and free of aversion to the negative ones.

Sogyal Rinpoche (1947 -   )
Tibetan Dzochen Lama; author of
"The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying"


Cling not to memories or experiences:
they are ever-changing.

Pha Dampa Sangye (11th century)
Buddhist Mahasiddha of the Indian Tantric Movement

Statue in the Louvre museum: beautiful woman
In the Louvre Museum, Paris, France     Photo by Lisa Bowman       All rights reserved

"And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the
tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,
and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them
and be their God. And will wipe away every tear from their
eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have
passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said,
"Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me,
"Write, for these words are true and faithful."

Revelation 21:3-5
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.

Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:13-15
New King James Version

The Last Word:

When you get right down to it, the
secret of having it all is loving it all.

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927 -   )
American psychologist






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong.

James Leo Herlihy (1927-1993)
Actor, playwright, novelist


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