The Buddha Shakyamuni, the Enlightened One, saw clearly that the samsaric realm of ordinary experience, the world of life and death in which we live, by nature has serious limitations.
Buddhist texts express these limits in the teaching of the Four Endings:
- All life ends with death.
- All association ends in separation.
- All wealth ends in decline.
- All that is raised up in the end is brought low.
This teaching reminds us that the world of samsara is not oriented toward preserving what is valuable to human beings.
Dissatisfaction pervades our experience: Everything good comes to an end, every story concludes with sorrow, tragedy, or decay. Human attempts to attain their purposes are eventually cut short, and our investment of time and energy is lost.
Tarthang Tulku RinpocheTeachings from the Heart