[photo credit: Hu Yuanjia]
i keep these photographs in my phone to look at every once in a while.
briefly, the story around them, goes as so: the photographer heard someone yelling and then people gathering around an elderly man sitting on a bench in a train station. he had apparently fallen asleep and then passed away. out of the crowd, a Buddhist monk walked over and began chants and prayers over the deceased man, holding his hand. after completing the ritual, the monk bowed to the deceased man and then disappeared into the crowd.
i find this story and these images so moving. there’s so much beauty in seeing such empathy and compassion in action. the monk, treating the deceased man with an incredible depth of dignity and compassion.
keep images and stories like this close to your hearts during this time, friends. where we don’t see it, we can be it.
we are currently seeing a grave lacking of empathy, of treating others with dignity, of compassion from the highest offices. it is worrisome. however, these values, these ways of being still exist, and where they exist there is hope.
Leave your front door
and your back door open.
Allow your thoughts
to come and go.
Just don’t serve them tea.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
…a note I wrote after listening to a talk by Pema Chodron. life is full of ups and downs, good times and hard times. both of these are fleeting, arising and passing away as is all life. non-suffering comes from our capacity to fully live each moment and then let go of that moment.
it’s so easy to let go of the hard times – no need to talk us into that! but even our good times can be filled with suffering if we are afraid to lose them. wouldn’t it be better – more enjoyable, knowing that we will lose them, to just really – fully enjoy them while they are present? then when it is time to say goodbye, we let go in gratitude for the joy we had in that moment.
#impermanence #nonattachment #life #gratitude #suffering #PemaChodron