To free us from the suffering of impermanence, the Buddha taught how to look deeply into the arising and passing away of fabricated things. He showed how insight into the nature of things could help us break free of belief in "existence" and "non-existence" and to see the Deathless and Unconditioned.
As we work to free our minds from suffering, the fact remains that mortality sucks—big time. And yet if the price of life is mortality, I gladly pay it for the chance to have "shown up" here with all of you in this amazing world. I am supremely grateful to have had the opportunity just to be—to live, to love, and to wonder.
Maybe, in this world, we are just hatching, sprouting unseen wings, and learning how to fly beyond the limitations of our origins.
Maybe there's more to us and more to this world than just the fabricated and impermanent. I hope so! But if not, that makes the gift of consciousness all the more precious, does it not?
Maybe there's more than a clue in Joseph Campbell's observation:
"Eternity is not the hereafter...this is it. If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere."Can we find the timeless, the deathless, in the here and now? To find out, we have to "show up," don't we? Without mindfulness and presence, our precious life slips through our hands like sand, and we don't even know it's happening.
In whatever time we have here together on this amazing planet, in this amazing universe, may we cherish ourselves, may we cherish one another, may we cherish this world and the beings of this world. May we cherish this precious life!
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