A Buddhist Perspective Of Death

A Buddhist Perspective Of DeathThe sudden and tragic passing of a local chap, due to a motoring accident, led me to think about how fragile life is, and how we often take it for granted.

It also prompted me to find this well known poem about death, from the Buddhist perspective.

Though we may relinquish our body in this lifetime, we are not gone, nor will we ever be.

For me, it holds a number of consoling thoughts …

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.
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 15:13:18

    A young man I watched grow up who now has 2 of his own children just died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving his parents, family, and larger community bewildered and sorrowful, so I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for posting.

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  2. emanuela Cooper
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 15:19:26

    Thank you. The poem is lovely and I have copied it. I am sure that before too long I will be able to use it and give comfort to someone I love. xx Emanuela

    Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:38:29 +0000 To: manu.cooper@hotmail.co.uk

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