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  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    Thank you!
     
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    Clever idea. Thanks for posting this.
     
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    Love this sappy stuff.

    For some reason though it brings on more melancholy than joy.

    Like listening to a sad song over and over.
     
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    i tried to get through it all, but it was too sad,

    i could barely make it to past page 7 ..
     
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    I would finish reading it but I have already shot myself in the mouth from the sadness.
     
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    very interesting, but so sad
     
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    Wasn't the idea all along to have such remembrances. I'm indeed thankful for mine.
     
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    Where's the gas pipe?
     
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    grandfather dies, father dies, son dies

    As long as it is the order, there is no reason to be too sad.
     
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    Reading Zen? Under ordinary circumstances, true.

    Edit. Under most all circumstances, true.
     
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    One of my favorite Zen stories. And as both of my parents turn 90 this summer, something I keep in mind.
     
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    Link to the Zen story? Sounds like something definitely worth checking out :smile:
     
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    Great story

    Heard the story many years ago. Death is inevitable. Embrace it so you won't fear living.
     
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    it is a very short story...I have heard several versions, but here is the basic story:


    A rich man asked a Zen master to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come. It would be something that the family could cherish for generations. On a large piece of paper, the master wrote, "Father dies, son dies, grandson dies."

    The rich man became angry when he saw the master's work. "I asked you to write something down that could bring happiness and prosperity to my family. Why do you give me something depressing like this?"

    "If your son should die before you," the master answered, "this would bring unbearable grief to your family. If your grandson should die before your son, this also would bring great sorrow. If your family, generation after generation, disappears in the order I have described, it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness and prosperity."

    I probably read in a collect of stories I have in the book:

    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings, By Paul Reps, Nyogen Senzaki
     
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