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   Remembering Death is Daily Buddhist Routine!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Just as the mighty Himalayan mountains Are high, all-expansive, and weighing heavily;
Just so do ageing and death suppress and defeat all living beings in this fragile world,
whether divine, rich, warrior, priest, trader, slave, or sweeper! Not sparing anyone
whosoever, crushing anybody that is found! Source: SN 3:25

The Most Precious Altar of our Temple:
Soon this fragile body will fall to the ground, lifeless, cast aside, unconscious,
stiff, cold, and useless like a rotten log of wood ... Dhammapada 41

Whosoever knows this body to be as temporary as a bubble,
as insubstantial as a mirror image, may  break Mara's honey tipped arrows
and can thus not be seen by this evil King of Death ... Dhammapada 46

Big Surprise!
Death carries off the folly man while distracted by gathering various flowers
of sensual pleasure, even and exactly so as the huge tsunami wave runs all over
and carries away the sleeping village. Dhammapada 47

In the ultimate sense, beings have only a very short moment to live:
Only as long as one single moment of consciousness lasts!
Just as the cart wheel, in rolling forward as in standing still, in every moment
rests merely on one point of its rim: just so does any life of any being last only
as long as a single moment of consciousness lasts!
As soon as this moment is gone, that momentary being is also all gone...
One is therefore reborn millions of times in each second!
For as it was said by the ancient elders:
All life, and all existence here is blinking and momentary,
All life's engaged involvement, all its joys, dramas, and all its pains;
Depends all only on one single, discrete, ever-passing state of mind!
And quickly that moment passes by, for never ever to return again...
Source: The Path of Purification Visuddhimagga VIII,1

Nothing is Worth Clinging to...

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