Gerry Canavan

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Death Zen

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To compliment my culturemonkey post on death and the apocalyptic last Friday, here’s just a little death Zen.

With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

You will always exist in the universe in one form or another.
—Shunryu Suzuki

Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying, or lamentation—this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it.
—Dōgen

Perfectionism is slow death.
—Hugh Prather

Monk: “How should I escape birth and death?”
Shih-kung: “What is the use of escaping it?”
—Zen mondo

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February 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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