When we begin meditating we might have conceptual knowledge of impermanence, imperfection, and conditionality. We understand intellectually that things end, that they depend on cause and effect—but this understanding may not inform our emotional habits or behavior.
As the contemplative life unfolds, we intuit impermanence and imperfection a little more deeply. However, we may misapply these teachings: "Oh, that's life. Things are impermanent. Too bad."
This course offers a more empathetic route for our development. When we really grasp impermanence, compassion arises. We become comfortable with impermanence and imperfection, and so can turn to face our problems and those of others with compassion, equanimity, and wisdom.