Thich Nhat Hanh on Death

“When you look a cloud… and then later the cloud is not there.
If you look deeply, you can see the cloud in the rain, and that is why it’s impossible for a cloud to die.
A cloud can become rain, or snow, or ice, but a cloud cannot become nothing.
And that is why the notion of death cannot be applied to reality.
There is a transformation, there is a continuation, but you cannot say that there is death.
Because in your mind, to die, means you suddenly become nothing.
From someone, you suddenly become no one…
When you can remove these notions, you are free and you have no fear.

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of based out of Toronto, Canada.