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Thread: Old age, sickness and death ... The Good News.

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    Old age, sickness and death ... The Good News.

    Only one of those is certain. You might elude the other two.

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    Ummm ... yeah. Not so sure what to make of this right now . Dying young is not so fun, either, at least not for those left behind .

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    Old age, sickness and death ... The Good News.

    Nindo,
    That is it. We are blessed if we live to old age, if we live long enough to be old and frail. Often we don't recognise the 'good news' that is ours. We complain to grow old, but we are privileged to do so.

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    True! Children shouldn't die but, it does such to grow old

    gassho, Jindo Shokai, an itinerant monk emeritus still learning the way and knowing nothing.
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
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    I'm pretty surprised I managed to NOT elude those other two. Now I'm just happy to be here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nengyo View Post
    I'm pretty surprised I managed to NOT elude those other two. Now I'm just happy to be here.
    Diddo. =)

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    I've managed to make it to 45, and would absolutely love to have another 30 or 40 years on top of that. However, with impermanence being what it is (or isn't), I'll take each day as a continued blessing, whether it be stormy or sunny.

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    I've made it to 43, which is nearly twice as long as I once thought I had coming to me. A couple of hospital stays managed to get a little of my attention, so you'd think I'd quit screwing around.

    Maybe they need a pic of tigers and berries instead of a TV in the cardiac rooms. lol
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    Old age is all in your mind and so far its not as bad as they said. Regardless of age acceptance is the key.



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    One down, two to go...yes I think acceptance is the key I don't know anyone who has escaped sickness entirely. Come to think of it, I don't know anyone who has not been affected by death and old age in some form, whether of friends, family or pets.

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    Find me a seed from a house where no one has ever died. Gassho
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    Zen Master Thich nhat hanh said , when you heve right understanding of death there will be no fear of death .
    Our nature is like the cloud nature . The cloud nature is no birth and no death . When the cloud turn to rain it is not Die . It Continue as rain . But it never die .
    Our nature is like the cloud nature . No birth and no death just continuation .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohamed zen View Post
    Zen Master Thich nhat hanh said , when you heve right understanding of death there will be no fear of death .
    Our nature is like the cloud nature . The cloud nature is no birth and no death . When the cloud turn to rain it is not Die . It Continue as rain . But it never die .
    Our nature is like the cloud nature . No birth and no death just continuation .

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    And yet there is also birth and death . Both are true enough.. no-birth and no-death, and birth and death. No-birth and no-death is precisely birth as birth and death as death. So I will practice no-birth and no-death by being born and dying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Old age is all in your mind and so far its not as bad as they said. Regardless of age acceptance is the key.



    Kind regards. /\
    Love this, so true!! I have made it to 38, just enjoying the ride as best as I can

    Gassho,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Find me a seed from a house where no one has ever died. Gassho
    I was thinking of that story too Amelia... I find it really moving

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    Yes, I like it too because it makes it clear that eventually everyone knows loss. No one is a victim of it, alone.
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    Gassho and thanks.

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    Gassho,

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