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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

All of us want to continue into perpetuity. We secretly or publicly long to live forever. This cannot be. To have a body is to be limited in terms of time on the planet, at least in this embodied form. How to come to terms with this hard fact of existence?

In Zen Buddhism, there is a koan, or riddle, that goes: "What is your Original Face before even your parents were born?" Koans cannot be answered by the use of reason or logic. They are beyond rational analysis. To solve this koan is to enter into what is known in Zen as the "deathless." The deathless exists because we are also unborn. That which is unborn cannot die. Have you seen your Original Face?

morning light
in the bathroom mirror
morning light

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