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Title: The Normal Miracles
Post by: Melodious Conch on January 24, 2016, 08:56:48 pm
 :r4wheel:Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche:

Some people also know the value of human life and the importance of learning and practicing Dharma, but they always find many excuses to delay it continuously: “I cannot do it or practice now, and it shouldn’t be late if I start to learn and practice when I am old!” “I am still young, I have to work, I have too many things to do, let me start to learn when I get retired and have free time.” “I am already in my forties or fifties, and am to retire soon, so it should not be late to learn after my retirement!” While the old people in their seventies or eighties would think: “I have something to do this year, and my health is still good, so let me start to learn next year!”

Life is impermanent, a man lives with death, and we will definitely die someday. A larger number of people know this truth, but why are we still dragging along and not getting diligent? It is just because we have not understood the truth of the uncertainty of the time of death. Previously, many emperors and high officials in the history, when hearing there were medicines against death, had been looking for them crazily and persistently, but ended with getting nothing, and had to face death with resignation in the end.

Bodhisattva Nagarjuna says: “Life flickers in the flurries of a thousand ills, more fragile than a bubble in a stream. In sleep, each breath departs and is again drawn in; how wondrous it is that we wake up living still.” Waking up from sleep, which is a miracle as per Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. Our life lies between breaths, in the evening we enter into slumber, in which duration there are numerous breaths, breathing out then breathing in, breathing in then out again…During each process of breathing out or in, we remain alive, and even wake up the next morning, which is really miraculous! How does a person die? Breathing out without breathing in, he dies; breathing in without breathing out, he dies. Death is the simplest thing!

The time of death is uncertain, and people can die at any time: we walk step by step from our living room to the great hall, when walking the first step, we are not dead; the second step, not dead either; the third step, still not dead…until we enter the great hall, we are still intact and not dead, and even able to listen to the Dharma, what a miracle it is! Now we are sitting in the great hall listening to the teachings of Dharma, and after one hour we can still walk out of the great hall alive, which is really miraculous! When we are eating or drinking, we eat or drink mouth by mouth, not dead either, miracle again!

Actually, the death has been hiding beside you, just as the shadow follows the form, taking every means and using unscrupulous tactics in order to catch you and take you away, but it has failed in doing so, which is really a miracle! Consider like this, and you can find the miracles on us are too many, which are all miraculous. Whatever is born is bound to die, and the time of death is uncertain, so we must practice impermanence of life like this.

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Title: Re: The Normal Miracles
Post by: Lobster on January 27, 2016, 03:38:12 am
We could die anytime and will eventually :donlook:

Always good to find out what is inevitable, what useless and what skilfull.  :hug:

Many thanks for the reminder, should keep us busy for the rest ofour lives ...  :r4wheel:
Title: Re: The Normal Miracles
Post by: Melodious Conch on February 01, 2016, 06:25:43 pm
 :anjali: :grouphug: :r4wheel:
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