Three Marks of Existence

 


Three marks of existence (Paliti-lakkhana; Sanskrit, tri-laksana) in Buddhism is the collective term for three characteristics of all beings: anicca, “impermanence,” dukkha, “suffering,” and anatta, “no-self.”

The three marks are: sabbe sa?kh?r? anicc? sa?kh?ras are impermanent, sabbe sa?kh?r? dukkh? — “all sa?kh?ras are suffering no unsatisfactory, sabbe dhamm? anatt? — “all dharmas are not 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