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How often do you think of death?

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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby Huifeng on Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:18 am

Our Dean at the Buddhist Studies dept at Fo Guang University, Ven Prof Huei Kai, is a specialist in their area of thanatology - death studies. Recently I've been watching some DVDs of his talks from a couple of years ago, "Life and Death Views of Eastern and Western Religions and Caring for the Dying".

Always a great topic of discussion! :)

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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby flaneur on Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:06 am

good video. a bit of gallows humor would have been a nice touch. I prefer buddhadasa's view of rebirth rather than this fellow's literal view.
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby Chrisd on Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:50 am

On topic, if we're bumping this.

All day long.
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby ed blanco on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:01 pm

Often.
We are friends by now.
Turning 70 it becomes clear what the next mile stone will be.
No morbidity though, just zazen and Dogen Zenji...."firewood to ashes"...you know, Reality....
......holding the Dharma position of a dead, stiff me scares me little....it's all waste, which is not bad or good...it just is.
.....like Woody Allen said in LOVE AND DEATH: "I don't mind dying. I just don't want to be there when it happens.".
I won't.

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IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:16 am

Chrisd wrote:On topic, if we're bumping this.

All day long.
Aww yeaaa.


So you think about a concept (death)... funny

Well if you think about death all of the time you probably consider yourself to be born, have a past and a future.
So you're basically creating the sense of a peronality, while there is no such thing as person(s)
only threads of memories and habits.

Flip a book of pictures real fast, tell me where the person is.
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:18 am

ed blanco wrote:it's all waste

You'll never run out of experiences.
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby Michaeljc on Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:23 am

When I go,
know
- the twisted road
I rode
to no avail
Ha!
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby Sevidal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:23 am

I used to always think and fear death. But now as long as nothing aches in the body I somehow don't think of death. Just relax and breath normally.
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Re: How often do you think of death?

Postby CSEe on Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:49 pm

In my current understanding of Buddhism , me is nothingness and myself is all my emotions that causes my existence ...I will continue to exist as long as I still attached to "my" emotions and Buddhism is a natural process that I will realize ' me" and "myself" and travel into this natural process without resisting it ............So Buddhism is a natural process not by my choice but by being awaken to this process , it will be an easy / less suffering journey towards emptiness back into nothingness ..........
In my current understanding , as I awaken to Buddhism , I realize that nothing is owned by me nor family members , material even " own body or life" is never belong to me ...........as each living or non-living is same as me travelling in own journey into emptiness ...
So "death" or "birth" is a journey of the body , the material body that never related to me .........therefore as long as I still have faith that this body is me , death will always be fearful............I will always be confused over my own knowledge ........I hope to debate with any master for my learning lesson .

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