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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Hsi and Cherry Lai


The Pure Land School of Buddhism considers death to be a rebirth. To be reborn is like going abroad or moving to a new house. So, dying is something to be happy about. It is simply the turning point between two phases, the beginning of life in another form. Therefore, there is no need to be afraid. When death arrives, we should take it as it comes and accept it peacefully!


In Buddhism, many highly-cultivated monastics reflect with joy on living and dying. They believe that we should come into this world joyfully and leave it likewise, knowing that there is no end to all the comings and goings! Throughout history, some Chan practitioners passed away while farming the land; some held their own funeral services before dying; others played the flute and left sailing on a boat; still others journeyed east and west bidding farewell to friends and relatives before dying. As they come for the sake of sentient beings and go for the same reason, they have no attachments with either coming or going.

── from Between Ignorance and Enlightenment