Devaduta is pali for “divine messengers.” It is said that the Buddha embarked on his quest for enlightenment after encountering three devadutas: a sick person, an old man, and a corpse.
The Buddha saw an old man, ill man, dead man, and wise man. As her father’s health declined, Minal Hajratwala saw these same sights.
Natalie Goldberg wanted to survive, but so did the cancer inside her. Drastic action was required.
The Little Spirits Garden in British Columbia gives parents “spirit houses” to memorialize children lost in miscarriage and stillbirth.
In Japan, Jizo Bodhisattva is the “guardian of children who have died.” Zen priest and grief counselor Dojin Sarah Emerson recalls how the Jizo Ceremony helped after the death of her daughter.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche offers a fresh teaching on “phowa” practice and how navigating the various transitions in our lives, including the very small ones, lays a foundation for navigating the much bigger ones when they come.
The most profound meditation, says Joan Halifax, is contemplating the certainty of your own death.
Artist and writer Susan MacLeod observes the foibles, humor, and caring of life in a nursing home. There, she and her mother finally came to know each other.
Perhaps these days of less sunlight are opportunities for more contemplative time, more looking deeply to see what can only be seen in the dark.
The 12 nidanas, which are pictured as the outer circle in the Wheel of Life, describe the chain of causation by which the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara is created.