death and dying

The Art of Grieving

photo courtesy of www.tnhtour.org A year and a half after my mom passed, I attended a 7-day meditation retreat at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA with Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (or “Thay”, as many affectionately call him, which is Vietnamese for “teacher”.) My first exposure to Thay’s teachings was in an Eastern Philosophy class in college. I always found his writings to be healing and accessible, so when I heard about his retreat, I signed up

Essence

From my 11/19/13 Facebook Post, based on wisdom drawn from No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh I am thankful for Essence. If we are grieving the loss of a loved one, it helps to understand that the Essence of our loved one does not begin at birth and end at death. Their Essence has gone into everyone and everything they ever met or touched, their friends, their children,

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