The Five Rememberances 

Taughted by the Buddha, updated by Thich Nhat Hanh
Plum Village Chanting Book

I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old. (Bell)

I am of the nature to have ill-health.
There is no way to escape having ill-health. (Bell)

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death. (Bell)
All that is dear to me and
everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape
being separated from them. (Bell)

I inherit the results of my
actions of body, speech, and mind.
My actions are my
continuation. (Bell,Bell)

Gatha on Impermanence


The day is now ended.

Our lives are shorter.

Let us look carefully.

What have we done?

Noble Sangha, with all our heart,

Let us be diligent,

engaging in the practice.


Let us live deeply,

free from our afflictions,

aware of impermanence

so that life does not

drift away without
meaning. (Bell,Bell)