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The Joy Hidden in Sorrow: Two Talks on Death and Dying

August 10, 2021

The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayyā Medhānandī

Excerpt from The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayyā Medhānandī

In our relationships with each other, with our families, we can begin to use wisdom as our refuge. That doesn’t mean that we don’t love, that we don’t grieve for our loved ones. It means that we’re not dependent on our perceptions of our mother and father, children or close friends. We’re not dependent on them being who we think they are, we no longer believe that our happiness depends on their love for us, or their not leaving, not dying. We’re able to surrender to the rhythm of life and death, to the natural law, the Dhamma of birth, ageing, sickness, and death.

Excerpt from The Way Beyond Fear

What would it be like if we never got old? What if we never got sick, or if we never died? Could we really love each other if we were here forever? Through our own mortality we learn to love; through our darkest suffering, we are taken beyond suffering; by being exposed to our own extinction, we can realise that within us which is indestructible. Trusting each moment, even in the midst of the most terrifying conditions, we awaken in ourselves the possibility to live with complete trust. We grow more vulnerable and, at the same time, more fearless, not taking refuge in sorrow. We learn how to live, and how to die, and how to embrace our joy and our pain.

Narrated by Avia Rose Livni
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'The Joy Hidden in Sorrow' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. 5 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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