The Death Dhamma Podcast
Open and honest discussions with wise and skillful teachers about their experiences with life, death, and Buddhism. If you wonder how others on the path have dealt with death and dying and grief, be sure to listen in. Everyone has a story, a perspective, and a valuable lesson to share. Embrace death, live a full life and learn to love impermanence because nobody gets out of this alive.
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We can be undefended in our grief, by normalizing the fact that death is part of everyday life. We can normalize grief by not placing expectations around what it looks like, what it feels like, and how long it lasts.
s we sit and move beyond the idle chatter, deeper insights will come. And if you thought that you had put something away, perhaps stuffed down your feelings around the loss of a loved one, don’t worry it will find you. And don’t worry – because this is a good thing, and part of your practice.
“Now you have wisdom – because your heart has been ripped open.”
And part of that wisdom is the recognition that what we all need is to learn how to be sad. And that equanimity means accepting sadness and tragedy in the same way that we accept joy and happiness.
Sometimes we need to allow people to suffer. Not, because you are cruel or unhelpful, but because you really understand the First Noble Truth, there is suffering. Buddhism is not about skipping over the suffering, it is about learning to recognize it, and the source of it and to accept joy and sadness together.
If you are looking for a mantra to help you navigate everyday life then consider this, “Have an Open Heart.” If you are looking for a mantra to assist with your ability to help yourself and others prepare for death, try, “Have an Open Heart.” Are you currently sitting with your own experiences of grief
If you think that being a Buddhist is all about passive meditation and not about taking action – please listen to Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo. She will not say this, but I will, she is a role model for compassionate Buddhist social action.So when she says that the way we live sets the stage for