The Book of Threes

Three Marks of Existence

Three marks of existence (Pali, ti-lakkhana; Sanskrit, tri-laksana) in Buddhism is the collective term for anicca, “impermanence,” dukkha, “suffering,” and anatta, “no-self.” Although each comprise a topic of meditation in its own right conceptually they are interrelated: there is “no-self” because there is “impermanence,” and because there is “impermanence” there is “suffering.” The reflection upon dukkha serves to dispel the illusions about the world and of life. A.G.H.

Source:

Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 973

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