In the complimentary Living in the Path module “Cutting the Concept of Permanence,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows students that by living their lives with the wrong concept that thinks they are going to live forever, they will experience “a whole package of problems” and never practice Dharma, the cause of every happiness.

On the other hand, by getting rid of this “one mistake,” students can make their lives meaningful by generating bodhichitta and engaging in the practice of tonglen, a meditation that involves visualizing taking others’ suffering upon one’s self-cherishing and giving others all one’s happiness.

In this short introductory video to the module, Ven. René Feusi provides a brief presentation of the importance of understanding and reflecting upon the reality of impermanence—the fact that each one of us, everyone around us, and everything we come into contact with is impermanent, that is, changing moment by moment.

Watch “Cutting the Concept of PermanenceThe Reality of Death” on YouTube:

Ven. René Feusi attended the one-month lamrim November course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal at the age of twenty and ordained six years later. From 1988-1992, he lived at Nalanda Monastery in France where he studied with Khensur Jampa Tegchok and also completed the nine traditional preliminary practices. From 1993 to 1995 he did a two-and-a-half year solitary retreat in Spain. He was resident teacher of Vajrapani Institute in California from 2002-2008. Ven. René is an FPMT registered teacher.

Living in the Path is an online lamrim course taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche available through the FPMT Online Learning Center:

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