#45.Is there life after death? 26May15

Is there life after death?

This is a frequent question since we are always worried about ourselves and about the future.

The real question is not whether or not we will be alive after our death.

The real question is whether or not we are alive before it. 🙂

In fact to know if we are still alive after our death does not make a lot of sense since one may ask: “How do you know that you are dead?”

When we are alive we are conscious of it but when we are dead how do we know that we are indeed dead since our consciousness is gone somewhere else.

Since our mind is trapped in the concept “space-time” what is before birth and after death cannot be comprehended.

 The past is made of nostalgia and regrets.

The future is made of hope and fear.

The present is the only gift that why it is called present. 

Thanks.

Ven. Ji Gong Sunim.


#44.What is a quiet & still mind?

A quiet and still mind is not a specific supernatural and magical state of mind to achieve.
Why?
Simply because a still & quiet mind, by definition, cannot be achieved.
Can you achieve a still heart, still kidneys, still liver?
If so you are already in a bag or nearby one.
Quiet & still mind simply refers to an going capacity to control thoughts and emotions. Such control can beachieved ONLY by being aware (mindful) of them when they pop in and meditation is the ONLY tool to achieve this skill.
During the day we are thinking zombie, day sleepwalking.
During meditation we are the opposite.
Conclusion:

“Quiet & still mind “are just words and words are always trapping us the same way than thoughts and emotions do. Don’t forget that our thoughts are just self-talking using silent words. Words will trap us also while reading too much.

Thanks.

Ven. Ji Gong Sunim.

NB: 176 words in this talk. = 176 poisons. 🙂