Death is an often taboo topic in Western society. We do everything we can to not only avoid the subject but pretend that it doesn’t even exist. The reality is, this is really unfortunate and in no way helps us lead better lives. Becoming keenly aware of your own impermanence and deeply understanding the nature of death with regards to our interconnectedness are both things which can help us find great peace.
The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.
In the past few days, I’ve heard so many disheartening stories of people showing their worst (like fighting over toilet paper at Costco). I’ve also heard uplifting, inspiring stories of people reaching out to help others, like a young couple who are running errands for their elderly neighbors who have no family nearby.