“Dying is not what you dread, not truly. Living without life is what kills you. Being apart from this promise is what makes you so tired. Dying is a gift and a blessing, and it is the purpose of your ambition, and the end of all your suffering. Dying is the brightness where it is utterly and completely dark. Dying is the truth inside all the lying, and dying will bless you. And it will be the most grateful moment, and the most blissful one. Dying will love you like nothing else can. And in it you will find what you lost, you will find what you are, and the misery will vanish into a cloud of dying’s happiness.” (Jan 29, 2005)
“Death takes nothing from you that life has not already robbed you of. Death is the much-maligned scapegoat, and we point there and declare, “If I didn’t have to face that, I could be happy.” But that is misdirection and evasion, and you will find, when you take full responsibility for all the feeling states you already have, that none of them were given to you by death; they were all give to you by life. Ponder this for yourself. Ponder all the things you blame death for, all the pain you believe it causes you though it never gave you much more than a temporary relief. Death is a shock and then a respite. And we may die thousands or hundreds of thousands of times, and every time it is the same: a stumble and a temporary space between returning. Stop blaming death for what it never did to you, what it will never do to you. Stop blaming it for the problems you already have, the troubles you already feel, the pain that is already yours. It is because of life and all the confusions of that existence that you suffer—and that is the only reason you suffer. Death is your friend. Stop making it your enemy.” (Feb 19, 2012)
"Be the thing that dies. Be the wide-eyed, wonder-filled thing that cannot help but love itself deeply as it becomes nothing at all...." Full teaching
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