The Zen of Letting Go: Three Perspectives on Dying Before You Die

The Zen of Letting Go: Three Perspectives on Dying Before You Die February 22, 2018

I’ve been rereading a small book by the late Zen teacher Philip Kapleau, called the Wheel of Death.

In the chapter “Dying: Practical Instructions” he begins by quoting three writers from diverse perspectives, pointing in one direction.

A man who dies before he dies

Does not die when he dies.

  Abraham a Sancta Clara

One who sees the Way in the morning
can gladly die in the evening.

  Confucius

Abandon life and the world
that you may know the
life of the world

  Rumi

The invitation is to let go now. And, then to discover what that means within that great free fall. Some suggest perhaps it might mean the healing of the world.

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