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The Four Reminders

Joyful to have
Such a human birth,
Difficult to find,
Free and well-favored.

But death is real,
Comes without warning.
This body
Will be a corpse.

Are the laws of karma;
Cause and effect
Cannot be escaped.

Is an ocean of suffering,
Unbearably intense.

Composed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, 1974

There’s kind of a hole in most of us. It’s in the approximate shape of a soul.

Stephen Jenkinson, from the documentary “Griefwalker”

From this morning’s reading:

“Invisible before birth are all beings and after death invisible again. They are seen between two unseens. Why in this truth find sorrow?”

- The Bhagavad Gita 2:28, 
translated by Juan Mascaró

I have often since my teens panicked for a moment when I think about non-existence after death. The idea of the death event has never scared me as much as the idea of not being anymore. The consolation I found for years prior to coming to Eastern practices was that I do not fear the time before I was born so I shouldn’t fear it after death.

The idea of rebirth from an Eastern perspective has been far more comforting to me at times than the Christian ideals I grew up with. I’ve come to realize that we don’t spend all this time and effort to get free of ego so we can save it after death and carry it with us into another life. Something far deeper and timeless than ego carries on and precedes this life we know. That idea is more consistent with my understanding of science and experiential spirituality. This life as the “seen between two unseens” is amazing and beautiful to me, and it’s also a great comfort.

Invisible before birth are all beings and after death invisible again. They are seen between two unseens. Why in this truth find sorrow?

The Bhagavad Gita 2:28,
translated by Juan Mascaró

One who sees the way in the morning can gladly die in the evening.


The Passion - Lyndon Marcotte

Lyndon Marcotte - The Passion

My sermon this morning on The Passion of Jesus from John 18-19. I discussed why Protestants need crucifixes, Mary, Lectio Divina, the necessity of suffering, and the humanity of Christ. I don’t know why my congregation keeps saying that I’m “the most Catholic Baptist preacher” they’ve ever heard :)

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People who look
for the secret of long life
wind up dead.

Their bodies are the focus of their lives
and the source of their death,
because they think a healthy body
is all there is to life.

Lao Tzu used to say
a man who truly understood life
could walk through the jungle
without fear
or across a battlefield
without armor, totally unarmed.
Wild animals and weapons couldn’t kill him.

I know, I know:
what the hell does that mean?
“Well, he couldn’t be killed,”
Lao Tzu said,
“because his body
wasn’t where he kept his death.”

~ Tao Te Ching,
adapted by Ron Hogan
(my favorite translation)

Let's say somebody had a lifelong friendship with somebody and they loved each other. Let's say one of the friends died before the other did. Based on your definition of love, which is free of attachment because we should only depend on ourselves to make ourselves happy, do you think the living friend would remorse the death of their loved one? Would you consider it love if the living friend did? Is it wrong to remorse when you lose something?


It is completely human and natural to feel a great deal of remorse for losing a loved one. Having feelings isn’t a weakness to rid ourselves of. The object is to cultivate loving awareness not to strip ourselves of all emotion and intimacy.

I think if you cultivate loving awareness, it does help us to grieve differently and hopefully in a more healthy way. We don’t intensify our grief by letting it cripple us and stop us from living or use it as an excuse to resort to destructive behavior.

Rather we can reflect meaningfully on our time with our loved one and allow gratitude to arise within us along side of our pain and loss.  We can also realize that we will also grow old, become sick, and die. We can learn from the experience of our loved one how to face that time with dignity, patience, and kindness toward ourselves and others.

(via anyaphenix)


Brighter side of death by Uken

(via walkingbearfoot)

This Self is neither born, nor dies,
it neither grows nor decays,
nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space
inside it is not; similarly when the body
dies, the Self in it remains eternal.

Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) (via ashramof1)

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

Its not impermanence per se, or even knowing were going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, its our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our effort to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness.

Pema Chödrön

Somewhere this very moment, babies are born, fathers are dying, mothers are grieving. Yet, pervading all is a groundless awareness, delicate and strong at the same time. Everything becomes we, a beating heart with a transparent, radiant smile.

Judith Simmer-Brown


“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

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