you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents
and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this
moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each
of these people. To be born means that something which did not exist
comes into existence. But the day we are "born" is not our beginning. It
is a day of continuation. But that hould not make us less happy when we
celebrate our "Happy Continuation Day."
Since we are never
born, how can we cease to be? This is what the Heart Sutra reveals to
us. When we have a tangible experience of non-birth and non-death, we
know ourselves beyond duality. The meditation on "no separate self" is
one way to pass through the gate of birth and death.
proves that you have never been born and you will never die. The thread
of life has never been interrupted from time without beginning until
now. Previous generations, all the way back to single-celled beings, are
present in your hand at this moment. You can observe and experience
this. Your hand is always available as a subject for meditation. "
- Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh