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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Life and Death Blend Together

This is a dead tree in out backyard. It reminds me of the impermanence of life but that death is useful too. There is a Flicker (type of woodpecker) who comes to this tree often to look for bugs.

This is a tree in our front yard which is budding right now with life. The cyle of life continues from the dead tree in our backyard to the budding tree in our front yard.

The line between life and death is very fine and somewhat blurred and blended together. This evolution of seasons is one of the things that brought me to believe in Buddhism. In the change of the seasons I see rebirth and impermanence.

This from Philip Kapleau's, The Zen of Living and Dying:

If you "don't want to be there" when dying, learn how to merge with dying so that you "disappear," transcending body and mind. Rid yourself of the thinking that distinguishes death from dying, self from other, and similar antagonistic opposites. Who remains then to say or think, "I'm dying"? In this highly desirable condition there can be no clinging to life, no railing against death."

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1 comment:

Trev Diesel said...

"A Buddhist monk once told me: 'All I have learned in the twenty years that I have been a monk I can sum up in one sentence: All that arises passes away. This I know.'" (from Tolle's "The Power of Now")

Thanks for your excellent Blog. I will stop by often. Blessings to you! OM!

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