Our beloved Founder of TBI, Kyabje Khensur Kangurwa Rinpoche, once said that we in the West suffer in particular from the affliction of permanence. That is, because we’re here today, we naturally assume that we’ll be here tomorrow. We just have to hear the news of the day to know that there’s no certainty of this. Mindfulness of our own impermanence is truly liberating because it keeps us focused on what is of ultimate benefit. Through the knowledge of life and the reality of death, we turn our awareness to the suffering of all others and cultivate great love, compassion and wisdom. We may understand this intellectually, but it takes time and concerted effort, through thinking and meditating to really change and transform our minds.