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Harada Roshi


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A little over a year and a half ago I wrote to you about my mothers death and I asked if I should become a hospice volunteer. You encouraged me to do so. So I did. I want to thank you for your encouragement. Thank you very much But I have a question too. For every patient I try to make their time left a little more comfortable a little happier a little more satisfactory. But sometimes I have difficulty staying with them when my own thoughts lean towards uncertainty or fear. I do stay physically but in my head there is a storm. In those moments how can I calm that storm and be there with them 100?


Thank you for your mail. In this era, Hospice work is extremely important. Being next to a dying person it is important that one´s mind is not in a hurry. Your mind does not get distracted when you truly become the hospice work. Here is where zazen is of great importance. It is our natural way of being, to not be thinking about other things. But since we live our daily life seeing us in the center, our opinion of great importance - this is because we got attached to many things. And this habit has not been taken away yet. When your mind is free and settled, you see a flower and become the flower. That is our natural mind. Please use your breathing to settle your mind and to be able to meet anything in your life with a fresh and natural mind.



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