Tequila/Monk

Are the mind and body separate?

January 16, 2013

A reading from the book, Life in Relation to Death, by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche:

People often make the mistake of being frivolous about death and think, "Oh, well, death happens to everybody. It's not a big deal, it's natural. I'll be fine."

This is a nice theory until one is dying. Then experience and theory differ. Then one is powerless and everything familiar is lost. One is overwhelmed by a great turbulence of fear, disorientation, and confusion. For this reason it is essential to prepare well in advance for the moment when the mind and body separate.

A little later:

Warned of a hurricane, we don't wait until the storm pounds the shore before we start to prepare. Similarly, knowing death is looming offshore, we shouldn't wait until is overpowers us before developing the meditative skills necessary to achieve the great potential of the mind at the moment of death.

What to make of this?

The most important lesson I take from these words is that it's clear that from a Buddhist perspective the mind and body are two separate things:

... it is essential to prepare well in advance for the moment when the mind and body separate.

Anything else inferred by these words ... I'll leave that to you.

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