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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Meditation on Death and Impermanence

February 8, 2016 Death Awareness

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Meditation on Death and Impermanence
The Whip of Diligence

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Sutra

January 9, 2016 S

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“Wherever you go, a region where there is no death is not found on the mountain peaks, nor in the depths of the ocean. This body is subject to destruction, like a clay pot. It is like something borrowed, and there is nothing in it that is immutable.” Mahayana Yoga – Natural Liberation

Impermanence and Death

February 16, 2015 Death Awareness

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Begginer’s Meditation Guide

compiled by Venerable Karin Valham

“This day is a special day,
It is yours.
Yesterday slipped away
It cannot be filled with more meaning.
About tomorrow nothing is known.
But this day, today, is yours,
Make use of it.
Today you can make someone happy.
Today you can help another.
This day is a special day,
It is yours.”   Indian poem

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Anyen Rinpoche

January 27, 2015 A, Pearls Of Wisdom

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“We are all walking toward death, carried by the river of ageing. Contemplate on impermanence!”  Anyen Rinpoche

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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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