January 2016 full moon – Impermanence

This full moon post is a bit late again, partly because I’ve been on the move, travelling and teaching, and partly because a friend of mine is actively dying now.  Even though I’m not physically with her, the gravitational pull of death seems to dissolve any words that come into my mind, and I can find nothing to write that seems to be of any relevance.
So this month, perhaps just a few images of Januarys past can be enough.

Life is an ever rolling wheel
And every day is the right one.
He who recites poems at his death
Adds frost to snow.
Mumon Gensen, Japanese monk died 1390

Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death
edited by Yoel Hoffmann

 

5 thoughts on “January 2016 full moon – Impermanence

  1. Miriam Kauders says:

    Hi Jill Much love and metta Miriam

    On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, Jill Shepherd: insight meditation wrote:

    > jill shepherd posted: “This full moon post is a bit late again, partly > because I’ve been on the move, travelling and teaching, and partly because > a friend of mine is actively dying now. Even though I’m not physically > with her, the gravitational pull of death seems to dissolve ” >

  2. Bryony Smith says:

    Wow, Jill. Very beautiful. Those photos capture the feeling of winter in New England right now….as Nancy is actively dying. She is surrounded by love and knows you, too, are with her…..Thank you for sharing. Each of those photos is stunning.

  3. daviesbaynz says:

    Thank you Jill, your beautiful photographs are more than enough and the cool whites a delightful relief from the hot humidity here in Auckland at present. My heart is with you in the depth of your connection to your friend. With much metta Yvonne

    On 26 January 2016 at 17:20, Jill Shepherd: insight meditation wrote:

    > jill shepherd posted: “This full moon post is a bit late again, partly > because I’ve been on the move, travelling and teaching, and partly because > a friend of mine is actively dying now. Even though I’m not physically > with her, the gravitational pull of death seems to dissolve ” >

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