Missing Mouse

The Wheel Of LifeThe passing of my pet rat Mouse led me to think about a Buddhist poem about death, from the Buddhist viewpoint.

Though we may relinquish our body in this lifetime, we are not gone, nor will we ever be. Animals are no exception to this, they are simply closer to the start of their path than are humans.

We are all animals after all …

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born, and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and seek.
So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sally Ember, Ed.D.
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 21:01:31

    Reblogged this on Sally Ember, Ed.D. and commented:
    Thank you, again, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Anupadin.com for posting this poem about #impermanence, #rebirth, #death, #life. http://wp.me/p16gSN-1H7

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  2. Joey Wilson
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 02:02:53

    Sometimes more than anything we need to miss something in order to remember why we practice. To help the transition from moment to moment. Present to past, ying/yang. Easily forgotten many times is my real intention of practice and have strayed believing the accomplishments haven’t even began in this journey before the next moment.
    It’s easy to stray when one has many things going on that one becomes absorbed into the outside of your big mind. Feel like crying since Sunday and these past few moment have been trying. A good cry is ok to clear as well as clearing weeds of the mind. You posts reach me like that stone tossed into a pond. Namaste.

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