Buddha head. Photo © Lisa Daix

Anicca Pali, Anitya Sanskrit:
Lit. not-eternal, impermanent. One of the first insights of the Buddha ‘all that arises ceases’, are not reality, not nirvana, not liberation.

Anicca is one of the deepest Buddhist teachings, to understand ‘all that arises ceases’. Seeing this is liberation.

That all things are brought about by a cause is conventional truth. That they neither arise or cease is ultimate reality.

Perfect Wisdom


Life is short, yet the moment transcends eternity.

Zen Graffiti

One of the three characteristics of existence anicca, dukkha, and anatta?

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