Rebirth

A Quote by Anne Cushman on buddhism, death, impermanence, and rebirth

“Nothing really dies,” I told him. “It just turns into something else. Everything is always changing form. Do you remember the pumpkin that rotted into the earth in your garden? Tomatoes sprouted where it used to be. This bird will go back to the earth and turn into lavendar flowers and butterflies.”

Anne Cushman

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Rob Thomas on tragedy, chaos, rebirth, and life

Tragedy blows through your life like a tornado, uprooting everything, creating chaos. You wait for the dust to settle, and then you choose. You can live in the wreckage and pretend it's still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild. Because after disaster strikes, the important thing is that you move on. But if you're like me, you just keep chasing the storm.

Rob Thomas

Source: Veronica Mars

Contributed by: Sara

A Quote by Rabindranth Tagore on rebirth and death

The night kissed the fading day
With a whisper:
"I am death, your mother,
From me you will get new birth."

Rabindranth Tagore

Source: quoted in Life After Death: the burden of proof by Deepak Chopra

Contributed by: Carol

A Quote by Nichiren on life, death, time, rebirth, and buddhism

How swiftly the days pass! It makes us realize how short are the years we have left. Friends enjoy the cherry blossoms together on spring mornings and then they are gone, carried away like the blossoms by the winds of impermanence, leaving nothing but their names. Although the blossoms have scattered, the cherry trees will bloom again with the coming of spring, but when will those people be reborn? The companions with whom we composed poems praising the moon on autumn evenings have vanished with the moon behind the shifting clouds. Only their mute images remain in our hearts. The moon has set behind the western mountains, yet we shall compose poetry under it again next autumn. But where are our companions who have passed away? Even when the approaching Tiger of Death roars, we do not hear. How many more days are left to the sheep bound for slaughter?“ - Letter to Niike

Nichiren

Source: Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin

Contributed by: vic

A Quote by Hilda Conkling, Aged 10 on death, dying, and rebirth

I shall becoming back to you
From seas, rivers, sunny meadows,
glens that hold secrets:
I shall come back with my hands full
Of light and flowers...
I shall bring back things I have picked up,
Traveling this road or the other,
Things found by the sea or in the pinewood.
There will be a pine-cone in my pocket,
Grains of pink sand between my fingers.
I shall tell you of a golden pheasant's
feather...
Will you know me?

Hilda Conkling, Aged 10

Source: http://www.everybodygoes.com/quotations/who-am-i-quotes.htm

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Bede Griffiths on god, ego death, and rebirth

God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything.

Bede Griffiths

Contributed by: Nicole

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on rebirth, heart of a child, beauty, and death

Life has left her footprints on my forehead.
But I have become a child again this morning.
The smile, seen through leaves and flowers,
is back to smooth away the wrinkles,
as the rains wipe away footprints on the beach.
Again a cycle of birth and death begins. 



Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Call Me By My True Names, Pages: 5

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on birth, rebirth, alive, and beauty

This means that we have barely
disembarked into life,
that we’ve only just now been born,
let’s not fill our mouths
with so many uncertain names,
with so many sad labels,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much yours and mine,
with so much signing of papers.

I intend to confuse things,
to unite them, make them new-born
intermingle them, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the unity of the ocean,
a generous wholeness,
a fragrance alive and crackling.

 

From "Too Many Names" 

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda, Pages: 173

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on ignorance, mind, pain, thought, rebirth, cycle, builder, house, rafter, ridge-pole, free, active, craving, freedom, liberation, and nirvana

I have passed in ignorance through a cycle of many rebirths, seeking the builder of the house. Continuous rebirth is a painful thing. But now, housebuilder, I have found you out. You will not build me a house again. All your rafters are broken, your ridge-pole shattered. My mind is free from active thought, and has made an end of craving.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada Gautama Buddha / Translated by John Richards ,v. 153, 154

Contributed by: Zaady

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