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Thich Nhat Hanh

Imagine living every single moment, directly experiencing each breath and what is happening on the inside and on the outside in our own little worlds.  Take that just a little deeper to that same breath and what is happening in your family, your community, your country, our globe, our galaxy, and the container we call The Universe, from which we all come.  

Imagine all that happens in just one breath.  We are all together, creating our worlds in the same one breath, right at this very moment!

Be mindful of what is exhaled into the Universe.  We all matter and we are all participating in this life together with our one collective breath of life!

Let us take a deep breath, exhaling love and health to a beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.

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This is the time to remember Thich Nhat Hanh’s own words about death:  “Our greatest fear is that when we die we will become nothing.  Many of us believe that our entire existence is only a life span beginning the moment we are born or conceived and ending the moment we die.  We believe that we are born from nothing and when we die we become nothing.  And so we are filled with fear of annihilation.”

“The Buddha has a very different understanding of our existence.  It is the understanding that birth and death are notions.  They are not real.  The fact that we think they are true makes a powerful illusion that causes our suffering.  The Buddha taught that there is no birth; there is no death; there is no coming; there is no going; there is no same; there is no different; there is no permanent self; there is no annihilation.  We only think there is.  When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear.  It is a great relief.  We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.”

Thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh for his profound wisdom.  

Myra Baker

 


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01/04/2015 9:06pm


Before, Yes! I am afraid and it's really making me freak when I heard or read death. But since I was becoming a believer I understand that death is a part of being a human, it's a matter of born and die. Reminding me of my death is reminding me how to become much closer to my creator.

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08/22/2016 11:40pm

Upon experiencing struggles, pain and miseries, I find death to be an answer to end all these. But still. I know that I am afraid to die. As I read this, it changes my perspective. I was not actually afraid of dying, I was afraid to die and become nothing. This made me realize that I was creating my own barrier towards living life. I may not escape from human nature of dying, but I could still live life and enjoy it that keep myself thinking of the fear of dying.

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