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Two Talks on Death and Dying
This is an audiobook of Bodhi Leaf No. 152 by Ayyā Medhānandī, 'The Joy Hidden in Sorrow' found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. V as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.
Excerpt from The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayyā Medhānandī
In our relationships with each other, with our
families, we can begin to use wisdom as our refuge.
That doesn’t mean that we don’t love, that we don’t
grieve for our loved ones. It means that we’re not
dependent on our perceptions of our mother and
father, children or close friends. We’re not dependent
on them being who we think they are, we no longer
believe that our happiness depends on their love for us, or their not leaving, not dying. We’re able to
surrender to the rhythm of life and death, to the
natural law, the Dhamma of birth, ageing, sickness,
Excerpt from The Way Beyond Fear
What would it be like if we never got old? What if
we never got sick, or if we never died? Could we
really love each other if we were here forever?
Through our own mortality we learn to love; through
our darkest suffering, we are taken beyond suffering;
by being exposed to our own extinction, we can realise
that within us which is indestructible. Trusting each
moment, even in the midst of the most terrifying
conditions, we awaken in ourselves the possibility to
live with complete trust. We grow more vulnerable
and, at the same time, more fearless, not taking refuge
in sorrow. We learn how to live, and how to die, and
how to embrace our joy and our pain.
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