By Bokar Rinpoche
Milarepa, the prince of yogis used to sing: the terror of loss of life has led me to the snowcapped mountains. at the uncertainty of the instant of my demise i've got reflected therefore i've got reached the immortal stronghold of actual essence My worry has vanished into the gap.
Later, the good sufi poet, Jalal Od-Din Rumi used to be to assert: "Our loss of life is our marriage ceremony with eternity."
Not goodbye in the past Sri Ramana Maharishi, the clever guy of Arunachala wrote the next in a single of his infrequent books. those that worry demise intensely merely take safe haven on the toes of the splendid Lord whom neither loss of life nor beginning can provoke. useless to themselves and to all possessions, how might the idea of loss of life come up inside of them? they're immortal!
We will most likely by no means be as sure as those elegant beings. At top we'll have wish and at worst we'll adventure the soreness of nothingness.
Death who're you? What do you could have in shop for us? Will you finish with all encompassing darkness the fleeting moments of numerous a long time of lifestyles? Will you open a window onto different worlds, different splendors and different hells for us? From the scientist for whom know-how and mind are irremediably associated with the sage who in this lifetime has discovered immortality, there are lots of responses.
Buddhism asserts that beings continue to exist perpetually past the impermanent fluctuations of this existence. loss of life isn't a definitive finish yet only a passage to at least one of the 3 different states: - a rebirth on this planet of people or in one other international of the cycle of conditioned life the place a relentless circulation of joys and discomfort is going on; - the access right into a "pure land", area of luminous manifestation as we will see as this publication unfolds; - the flowering of the last word nature of being as a natural, non- twin, limitless all-knowing and all-loving cognizance, known as Buddhahood.
It takes a lifetime of work to arrange for those achievements. still, whilst time comes, there's an "art of dying", an ars moriendi because it was once stated within the heart a while. Such could be the major thrust of this paintings even if a common description of dying needed to be supplied and is inside the first bankruptcy. the true factor, the only from the place will probably be unnecessary to divert oneself with high quality theories is as follows: how do we flip our demise right into a confident growth? Such was once the query we requested Bokar Rinpoche and which he replied within the designated body of Buddhism and, extra relatively, in the Tibetan culture. one other crucial factor is how will we accompany people who find themselves leaving earlier than us and what do we provide them when it comes to a delightful trip? As curious it could actually appear while facing a topic like this, this publication is meant to be more effective than philosophical. may perhaps this e-book make sure that our final second is additionally the main beautiful.
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To d ie without fear, :-;eyera l cond itions are required: we must have had some ~ pi r itua l prac tice d uring this life and rejoice at know ing the IIIUlrma at the time of dea th; we must be detached from everything belonging to this world and understand the uni versa l scope of deil th. First o f all , we need to know something about the dy ing process and about the possib ilities of being liberated . lei us suppose that you want to go to Germany. You have never been there and you do not know the way.
Suicide is a cause that necessa ri ly involves suffe ring just as putting o ne's ha nd in a fire w ill necessarily involve it being burned . - 40 - Question: 15 it not said tJuzt a person wllo commits suicide will do it again five hundred times in future lives? Answer: Yes, that is correct and yet this does not happen systematically. Many factors merge to change karmic consequences. They are: the motivation of the act, the force of conOicting emotions, the nature of the karmic veils covering the mind , and so on.
However, Buddha sa id that suicide is an ex tremely nega tive act and that when knrma ripens, it can ca use serious consequences2 • It is said that comm itting suicide is far more serious than killing another person. Committing suicide means killing the deities that a re the essence of our body. That wh ic h m o ti va tes a p e rso n to co mmit sui ci d e , a nd consequentl y to ki ll his or her own deities, is kann ically m o re se ri o u s th a n th e m o ti va tion lea d ing to killin g someone else.
Death and the Art of Dying in Tibetan Buddhism by Bokar Rinpoche