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17983Re: On Death and Dying / Nisargadatta

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Oct 29, 2011
      "dan330033" <dan330033@...> wrote:
      > I do not look at death as a calamity, as I do not rejoice at the birth of a child. The child is out for trouble, while the dead is out of it. Attachment to life is attachment to sorrow. We love what gives pain. Such is our nature.
      > ...
      > In some cases death is the best cure. A life may be worse than death, which is but rarely an unpleasant experience, whatever the appearances.
      > ...
      > The more you know yourself, the less you are afraid of dying. Of course, the agony of dying is never pleasant to look at, but the dying man is rarely conscious.
      > ....
      > One who believes himself as having been born is very much afraid of death. On the other hand, to him who knows himself truly, death is a happy event.
      > Nisargadatta, in "I Am That"

      Yo Sri Danji,
      Thanks! I appreciate these quotes and virtually
      everything Niz ever shared. As humility and
      compassion are what I think are the 2 greatest
      evolution of consciousness stimulating things,
      the perspective pointed to in the story below is of
      value in trying to know about death (and more importantly
      this event we call "Life", as it takes place):

      When John Daido Loori was a monk at the Los Angeles
      Zen Center, he remarked one day to Maezumi Roshi:
      "I have resolved the question of life and death."

      "Are you sure?" Maezumi asked.

      "Yes,"replied Loori.

      "Are you really sure?:

      Absolutely," Loori answered.

      With that, Maezumi threw himself violently upon
      Loori and began to strangle him. Gasping for breath,
      Loori struggled to escape, but to no avail. Finally he
      swung back his fist and struck his teacher, knocking him aside.

      Maezumi rose to his feet and brushed himself off.
      "Resolved the question of life and death, eh?" he
      laughed, and walked off.

      Later, still bearing the marks of his teacher's fingers
      on his throat, Loori passed a senior monk, Genpo Sensei.

      On seeing the bruises, Genpo did a double take.
      "Told Roshi you'd resolved the question of life
      and death, did you?" he said and strode away laughing.

      By Sean Murphy from One Bird, One Stone: 108 American Zen Stories published by Renaissance Books.
      I first saw this on the Nondual Highlights Issue #1553 Saturday, September 13, 2003. http://www.nonduality.com
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