His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
“If you limit your understanding of impermanence to something’s continuum, you will comprehend only gross impermanence. You will feel that when certain causes and conditions give rise to something, it remains unchanged as long as the factors that sustain its existence remain unchanged, and begins to disintegrate only when it encounters adverse circumstances. This is gross impermanence.
If, however, you deepen your understanding of impermanence by approaching it at the subtle level – the moment-to-moment change undergone by all phenomena – you will realize how as soon as something comes into being, its cessation has also begun.”
Illuminating The Path to Enlightenment
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Of Tibet
A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment & Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience
Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa
Edited by Rebecca McClen Novick, Thubten Jinpa, and Nicholas Ribush