All compounded things are impermanent.
All emotions are pain.
All things have no inherent existence.
Nirvana is beyond concepts.

— Siddharta Gautama (Buddha) – The Four Seals of Dharma

If you cannot accept that all compounded or fabricated things are impermanent, if you believe that there is some essential substance or concept that is permanent, then you are not a Buddhist.

If you cannot accept that all emotions are pain, if you believe that actually some emotions are purely pleasurable, then you are not a Buddhist.

If you cannot accept that all phenomena are illusory and empty, if you believe that certain things do exist inherently, then you are not a Buddhist.

And if you think that enlightenment exists within the spheres of time, space and power, then you are not a Buddhist.

— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche – What Makes You Not A Buddhist

A happy new year 2012 to all readers of the blog. Thank you!

The Four Seals

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    • Thanks a lot for your appreciation and for your visit. I hope to make enough pictures and to find enough inspiration to continue like that to continue to post every day something new. Happy new year! 🙂

  1. please – could you tell me what pecha text this is? i use it in my fb-profile since long, but the info about got lost. i would love to inform people what kind of book it is. could you help me?

    • Hi Heike,

      Unfortuanately I cannot tell you a lot about this text. I have taken that picture in a small monastery in Leh Valley in Ladakh in 2007. A Tibetan monk would certainly recognize what text it is. At the moment I cannot remember what monastery it was because I have visited so many of them in Ladakh but I’ll try to trace back. And, the next time I meet a Tibetan monk, I’ll ask him about this text, but this could take some month. But I will think about getting back to you.

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