On hearing of the passing of Adam Yauch…
…I began to ponder my own Buddhist beliefs on death.
As a great help to the Free Tibet movement, I believe he must have felt some connection to Buddhism.
It is a sad truth that death comes to us all….(aren’t I a ray of sunshine for Sunday?)
My mother-in-law is a nurse and through her, I’ve come to learn alot about people’s irrational need to cling to a life of suffering, just to keep existing.
I also know through my own experience, and as a permanent skeptic of things like ‘near death experiences’ and ‘the great beyond’ I can tell you this:
When I lay a hair’s width away from death in 2003, it was a peaceful and calm experience.
Once I was too tired to be scared anymore, I was calm and accepting and said to myself ok, if now is the time, I can deal with that.
This was after I begged the universe to let me see age 25 by the way, I’m no super human or awesome Buddhist…I wanted to keep living just like anyone else.
With that experience behind me, when it was questionable again what might be wrong with me a few months ago, I came to the experience with a little more acceptance and peace. I was a little more proud of my accomplishments the second time round.
When you face it, Buddhist teachings say, accept it with peace and grace that death is not the end of life but a transition between types of existence.
When you think about it, death is not the worst thing that could happen to us.
We do not feel anything once our spirits leave our bodies.
But when you break up with someone, when you lose a friend or a job or get sick, you feel all sorts of negative things.
Don’t cling to suffering. Let go my dear, let go.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.