"Death", final and complete lack of existence, is a common Mid-Eastern concept. It is a limited concept as their ideas about life are more physical than spiritual. In Tuetonic/Norse teachings, we accept spiritual life, within our clan, people, as perpetual. "Life" does not end---it merely shifts from spiritual to physical levels depended, primarily, on how we wish to evolve. We also realise that once we have reached as far as we can go in the physical life, we retreat to the spiritual life. But AT NO POINT does "life" cease to exist. All is one and one is all. LEN
--- On Sun, 8/29/10, DP <dave.dplat...@gmail.com> wrote: From: DP <dave.dplat...@gmail.com> Subject: [Zen] Death To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 7:59 AM ARe there any good meditations I can do which helps me deal with my fear of death? I just finished Thich Nhat Hanh's No Death No Fear, and I liked it, but I feel such a hard time getting around the idea of continuance - it's too much for my materialist mind. So maybe I need a different tack... How do I confront the reality of death with the aim towards lessening my fear of this?