Exploring the celebration & relationship to death on Halloween and through the Zen practice of Segaki. We recognize the normalcy of death through Buddhist teachings, reflecting on our lives and in each moment of practice. Using reflection and meditation we discover how death leads to awakening and living our lives fully.
1) Death brings the scarcity of time to our consciousness. 2) The parable of the poisoned arrow and holding the imponderables with a "don't know" mind. 3) Grief, for ourselves and loved ones, as a natural response to death.
Recognizing letting go as a natural part of our life and death. The story of Anathapindika death, how he received the highest teachings and changed Buddhist culture so that these teachings are offered to all of the 4 fold Sangha.
1) Death contemplation can prepare us for the moment of death to be ultimate moment of freedom, of letting go into the unconditioned. 2) Holding the possibility of rebirth and reports of near death experiences with spaciousness of a "don't know" mind.
Gratitude arises naturally as we explore/open to the truth of the living impermanence of our lives. The dharma unveils various gifts of our aliveness. We recognize and become awake to the magic of life itself.