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On death and dying

Death comes to us all and as people we have a responsibility to live mindfully so that death isn’t a dishonest fear based departure, but rather an honest freezing transition to something restful and then to a better life.

Our lives and all we do everyday is leading us to something, within community and as individuals. It is important how we spend time, what things we generate and what we do with our thoughts and how this builds or harmonizes communities is important. It isn’t a boring life, it is a life of balance with joyful diligence and practices and leadership based in wisdom and compassion, people who are working out more difficult problems are supported by the great web of individuals who are together with intention generating better future.

Death is something that can be studied and it is important for people to learn how to die with dignity and have attention on death throughout life. Impermanence pervades life and reminds us of unknown and inescapable nature of death. Dying isn’t bad it is how we die and how we live and how we prepare for dying and living. That matters.

For my Loten in love life and death and our common Buddhist values.

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ode to coca-cola [Poem]

1886 is long gone.

Pemberton invented a drink

loaded with high fructose corn sugar.

I do know why I am enjoying this sweet death in a can

it makes a temperance drink and a great combination with alcohol

delicious cold and sweet, not warm.

12 fl.oz in an aluminum pop-top.

on a well balanced day it is enough and easy to put away.

Coca Cola the arguable drink that makes so much money

Its stock is up, I just looked.

In Memory of John Stith Pemberton who invented Coke in 19th century and died today in 1888.

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Buddhism Contemplation Life & Death Poetry Psychology Reincarnation Religious Studies Shamanism World Matters Yoga

Short Truth about Death [Poem]

Death and Dying

Living and Dying

Dying and Death

It is all about moving through

transitioning into next living

bardo after bardo

suffering after suffering

pain after pain

birth after birth

sex after sex

Death after death

It isn’t real at all

when people try

make you understand

death isn’t permeant real fixed

lack of consciousness.

transitioning into the new light

om ah hung benza guru péma siddhi hung [Rigpa Shedra]

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Bön Buddhism Life & Death Poetry The 4 Noble Truths Vajrayana World Matters

It takes courage [Poem & Audio]

In the secret places inside me
you hide, this love and this surprise
of the things I still don’t understand
and of the things that I know so well.

The living of life that is such a treasure
the beauty of it all its experiencing
the incredible Love that weaves us all
I find myself astounded at this incredible
measure that it takes to breathe once more.

For coming to birth and coming to living,

It takes courage and commitment beyond
the mental capacities and doubtful thinking,
the simple design of perfection
Essence of Guru Dheva & Dakini
are the three jewels: Buddha Dharma and Sangha.

They point everyone towards the four immeasurable
creating the lasting love, equanimity,
joy and compassion for all sentient beings

For when we realize our divinity,
The seemingly unmeasurable story of this form
we can glance over the history of what has gone by
and realize the suffering that is part of it all.

The circumstances have weaved everything in such way to teach and guide you into the essence of things.
Into the perfection of the cloudless blue sky
where there is presence and time and connection
and no schemes and no games.
That is realization.

In the Heart of compassion and when we know the
distance that we had to travel to get here,
When we know that there is a life in the way of Peace
We know that our ancestry can be restored,
back to the distant lands of Zhangzhung.

In the way of Luminosity and
in the way of Oneness
that helps all beings live well
In the Noble healing
and in the four Noble Truths
We find our hearts united once more

Life gives us opportunities beyond measure
if we touch on the light of suppleness
trusting the pulse of the moment.

Listening to the guidance of Masters
and Arhats that speak from direct experience.
The space that they open within us
is immense gratitude for their endless giving
and pointing us tirelessly into the essence of all things.
Knowing your heart and knowing your unique path
are the ways of One Love
It is where we are all going.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audiobook)- narrated by Richard Gere 2008.
The Bardo Thodol – Tibetan: བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ


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