Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Parting is grief

There is an end to everything. We may be happily living together during a gathering such bungalow stay or a camp out but after a few days merry moment, we have part and go our ways. It is life.

The parting is usually accompanied by a feeling of sadness for having to say good-bye after the function. I had this experience when I attended the Students' Exchange Programme Camp at Penang Hill some 40 years ago. I burst into tears when we sang Au Lang Syne.

In Buddhism, such a feeling is suffering. To get rid of it, we need to practise detachment.

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