All conditioned phenomena
Are like dreams, illusions, bubbles,
Like dew drops and a lightning flash:
Contemplate them thus.
(The Diamond Sutra)
Each moment contains the ephemeral phenomena that are born, live, and die. Watching the objects of sight, whether people, cars, animals, or the weather, they are seen to come and go. They are indeed like dreams and illusions; bubbles that quickly burst into nothingness. And what of the mind? Thoughts, feelings, memories, fantasies – they are akin to dew drops melting away in the sun of awareness, gone in a lightning flash. Reflecting on the nature of everything that we see, hear, taste, touch, smell, and think, we can see not only their ghostly existence, but also our own. This is wisdom.