Tonight, as I regroup in the quietness of my home, following two intensive days at Zen Hospice, I reflect on The Buddha's Last Words - Parinirvana Sutra,
O bhikshus! Do not grieve!Even if I were to live in theworld for as long as kalpa,our coming together wouldhave to end.You should know that allthings in the world areimpermanent; comingtogether inevitably meansparting. Do not be troubled,for this is the nature of life.Diligently practicing righteffort, you must seekliberation immediately.Within the light of wisdom,destroy the darkness ofignorance. Nothing is secure.Everything in life isprecarious.Always wholeheartedly seekthe way of liberation. Allthings in the world, whethermoving or non-moving, arecharacterized bydisappearance and instability.Stop now! Do not speak!Time is passing. I am aboutto cross over. This is my finalteaching.
So simple. So powerful. And a plea to live, and treasure every moment, as if it was the last. Taped on wall right above my desk, so I don't forget.