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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

fearing death


Why is it that we fear death soo much? How does one stop the fear of death and just accept the fact that we all die? Zen words usually make it sound easy but one finds it difficult to implement. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about this in practrice, mentally --How one can stop fearing and start living?


I think that everyone hopes to live for ever, but there is no example that someone has survived for ever. Therefore it is necessary for us to affirm that everyone has to die without exeption. But almost all people desire to live for ever. Therefore there are so many people, who fear death so much.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


Blogger Nick said...

Dear Nishijima Roshi,

Thank you for your response. But I don't know if I would want to live forever, though? Perhaps a 300 years or so would be interesting to see where humanity is headed, but beyond that i think life would get pretty depressing seeing all your loved ones and friends pass on, but its more of a question of the uncertainty of it all, what happens when you die, the I (Nick) where does he go? This is what occupies my thoughts, and it can get scary at times thinking about extinction.


10:23 PM, January 17, 2008  

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