Birth and Death

May 10, 2017 Death Awareness

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by Zenkei Blanche Hartman
former Abbess of the
San Francisco Zen Center

There is a verse that’s on the han–the wooden block that calls us to the zendo. It’s also sometimes chanted just before bedtime in many Zen monasteries. It is an exhortation to practice and goes something like this:

‘May I respectfully remind you: Great is the matter of birth and death.
All is impermanent, quickly passing. Be awake each moment.
Don’t waste this life.’

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The Fear of Death

February 12, 2016 Death Awareness

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cold_wind_of_death7 Chakras of Fear: #1 The Fear of Death
by Chris Kennedy

“The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns” is Shakespeare’s eloquent prose in Hamlet that perfumes the stench of what many consider the most futile of all the 7 basic fears: the fear of death.

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Venerable Wuling

February 9, 2016 Pearls Of Wisdom, W

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“Educating people on death and dying, and reducing their fear of death is a giving of fearlessness.”

Iona Heath

August 25, 2014 I, Pearls Of Wisdom

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“Death is resented and feared because it brings an end to human joy, but it also brings an end to fear and pain and suffering.” Iona Heath

Albert Einstein

April 8, 2014 A, Pearls Of Wisdom

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“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own–a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.” Albert Einstein

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Words of Inspiration

"Maybe death isn't darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us."
Mary Oliver

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