Zen Stories: The Order of Life and Death

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There was once a wealthy man who asked the Zen monk Sengai to create a work of calligraphy for him. And then the monk wrote on the paper:  Father dies, son dies, grandson dies. The wealthy man was so angry and he said, I wanted you to write something auspicious! What are you trying to pull?! “This is auspicious. If your sons were to die before you, or if your grandsons were to die before your sons, you would be extremely unhappy. If the people in your family live generation after generation and die according to this order, what is more auspicious than that?  Sengai explained. The man nodded, That makes sense.

Life is taxing, death is relaxing (Zhuangzi). Death is like a weary traveler returning home. Isnt it the most fortunate thing for everyone to die in their natural order? (From Zen Stories: The Staff and Shout of the Venerable Ones)

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