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  • A friend, recently learning of her early-stage liver cancer diagnosis, shared that she now starts each day reciting the Buddhist Five Remembrances.

    "I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

    I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

    I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

    All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

    My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand."

    I'm also planning to recite this every morning in November.

    Last year, I had been looking for a Buddha statue to put on my alter. Soon after, a sweet Buddha emerged from the drip of a beeswax candle I had lit. Candle wax Buddha now lives on my alter. How does a Buddha emerge from candle wax?

    I am sighing deeply after hearing my friend's news. Candle wax Buddha helps me stay open to mystery and miracles. The Five Remembrances will help me be less afraid.
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