What's the alternative?
The way I think about death is that it doesn't exist. Literally. Zen
is consciousness and we can only be conscious of life. We can never
be conscious of being dead, so what's the problem? The only reality
is the instantaneous present moment. That is always here now to our
consciousness. Nothing else exists so it is meaningless illusion to
think about being dead. In the direct experience of Zen only other
beings can be directly experienced as dead, never consciousness
itself which is what we are. Any thoughts of death and dying are
abstract imaginations of what does not exist comparing them with what
we imagine does exist - the illusory self. Thus being dead is simply
another illusion and the Zen mind lets it float away with all the
other illusory thoughts.
That solves the problem of death. Suffering is another problem.
On Oct 3, 2008, at 2:14 PM, Al wrote:
As we all get older, and some of us are a lot older, the question for
me now is this: Does Zen give you everything you want? Are you willing
to die sitting on a cushion just saying "this is it?" No Heaven for
you? No Nirvana? No nothing? Just worms??