Favorite Quotations

There may be a feeling of floating or flying, similar to sensations people often have in dreams.  There is an awareness of great calmness and tranquility, a sensation of relief and utter ease. One might even wonder, “What was all the worry about?”

Philip Kapleau:  The Zen of Living and Dying 

 

I can see no way to guarantee or control our reaction to the prospect of suffering and dying when it actually comes to us. If we know in advance, however, that our response is not necessarily fixed by nature or biology, then we can begin to shape the self and the person whom we will bring to that experience.
Daniel Callahan:  The Troubled Dream of Life 

Death is a part of life as much as birth, and is as inevitable as eating, eliminating, sleeping and breathing. The human body is going to breathe and just as surely as it breathes, it's going to stop breathing. It is not something to be overcome or fought against. If you fight against death you totally misunderstand the miraculous nature of life.  Death is a miracle and if life is beautiful, then death is equally beautiful.

E. J. Gold. THE GREAT ADVENTURE: Talks on Living, Dying, and the Bardos 

Even if death were to fall upon you today like lightning, you must be ready to die without sadness and regret, without any residue of clinging for what is left behind. Remaining in the recognition of the absolute view, you should leave this life like an eagle soaring up into the blue sky.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14:2-3 NIV

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