死中得活: Be willing to face death to recognize life
In life, there is always a level of risk that we must face. While it may be tempting
to lock ourselves in a white, padded room to mitigate all the dangers we face,
doing so would eliminate all the joys of life. We must be willing to face the
possibility of death. Only by doing so can we experience an incredible life.
During the pandemic, we have all had to face far more images of death than we
ever wanted to. When I first started coming to Japan House in 2019, I was taken
aback by the scrolls in Tatami room that mentioned death and dying. But I stored
those scrolls in the back of my mind. And now, I see that the scrolls that I
thought were depressing bring hope and resilience when times become rough. I
am grateful that I stored philosophies I thought were too negative for a rainy
day. Though, I hope sunny days are soon to come.
Just like how birth is the beginning of life, death is the end of one. Life is finite, so each moment holds its own significant value. However in a life that's endless each second doesn't carry the same value as the one in a finite life. In math we say 1/infinity is 0 so is a second of an endless life valuable? In order to enjoy life we must accept the end to it as make each moment that much more valuable.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association