Thoughts on the cycles of life… An afternoon at Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris, France…

“Normally we do not like to think about death.
We would rather think about life.
Why reflect on death?
When you start preparing for death you soon realize
that you must look into your life now… and come to face the truth of your self.
Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche




“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death
they would be asked two questions
and their answers would determine
whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, “Did you bring joy?”
The second was, “Did you find joy?”
~ Leo Buscaglia





“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the earth. I may not complete this last one, but I give myself to it. I circle around god, that great primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years, and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm or a great song?” -Rainer Maria Rilke





“Whatever we have done with our lives makes us what we are when we die. And everything, absolutely everything, counts.” -Sogyal Rinpoche







“Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws.”
– Jim Morrison







“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”
-Oscar Wilde








“This is the path of letting go so there will be room to live.” -Lao Tzu