“Death and Dying in Practice,” by Lawrence Bienemann

“Japanese warrior folklore says that samurais were warriors who woke each morning saying, ‘Today is a good day to die.’ While they meant it literally, the rest of us might benefit from some sort of reminder to stay in our day. But in this culture, the recognition that any day could be our last is considered kind of a downer. We certainly don’t want to wake up thinking that this would be a good day to die. We seem to prefer things like, ‘Where’s the coffee?’ or ‘What do I need to do today’ or ‘Maybe I should call in sick?'”

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  1. Each ego “death” that the dojo and meditation provide, are both beneficial and desirable peeling off layers of clutter and garbage and thereby steps towards further awakening; this being the ultimate purpose of Budo and Dyana/Chan/Zen/Seon/Thien/Samten/Grace.. call it by whatever label makes you happiest. Budo and mediation are the same thing, or for beginners may appear as two sides of the same coin.
    Budo and meditation is a choice to volitionally climb the mountain, so to speak.
    Otherwise life will do it anyhow, only more painfully and slowly especially for those who resist.
    The universe moves forward relentlessly and unstoppably. We adjust or we get crushed.
    And everything has a price.

  2. …i had a fairly scary experience recently. and as i lay there i remember reflecting to myself, ‘well if this is IT, i guess that’s alright.’

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