Death and Thich Nhat Hanh

In our daily life, we are too busy to think about that, but deep inside us, we know that we will die one day. There are those who say that it’s not healthy to spend your time thinking about death. But to meditate on death is a very beneficial act. If you understand the nature of death, you’ll become very alive. You will enjoy every moment that is given you to live. Everyone who understands death is a hero. You have to have powerful mindfulness and concentration in order to experience a breakthrough.

In Buddhism, sometimes we use images when we meditate. We can visualize a wave on the surface of an ocean. Every wave has her wave body and the wave body is fragile and impermanent, subject to being and non-being, subject to birth and death. But looking deeply, we see that every wave also has her ocean body. Her ocean body is not outside of her. Her ocean body is inside of her; she doesn’t have to look for it. If the wave recognizes her ocean body, she will no longer be scared. She is free from the notion of being and non-being, birth and death.

– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “Our Cosmic Body”.
(Photo: On Being)

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