ZEN STORIES: “A Letter to a Dying Man”


A Letter to a Dying Man

Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples who was about to die:

“The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die. It is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness, which is a mere void. It has neither color nor form. It enjoys no pleasures and suffers no pains.”

“I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing that sickness squarely. You may not know exactly who is suffering, but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Think only of this. You will need no more. Covet nothing. Your end which is endless is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.”



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  1. LindaP says:

    Interesting concept!


  2. What a story, awesome and true to its last. We have never come from the beginningless beginning to the endless end and this is just an illusion. The One who realizes this will only be coming for the last time and depart forever into the Eternal. Lovely and wonderful story, I loved it, Amira. Today I am only sitting and reading all your Zen stories.


    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Oh how happy that makes me that you are enjoying the Zen stories. I like them too because they are usually very simple and yet, they have very deep lessons and wisdom, explained in an easy way for us to understand and to remember. Yes, I loved that:”our end is endless, like a snowflake dissolving in pure air”…into Oneness!

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      1. Yes such pure and simple words of Purity and Truth, Amira. I will treasure these words and somewhere include them into my poem as I loved them. Love and Hugs to you dear.

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        1. Oh that would be so lovely dear Kamal!!! Love and hugs back to you dear friend ❤ 🙂

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