Sunday, January 25, 2009

Memorial Service for Leah C. McCollough - Amazing Woman

We are at the airport, returning from addressing Leah's affairs in Seattle.  Leah's Memorial Service at the Seattle Culture Center was wonderful.  I promised to post my speech from this memorial in a future post.  The speech has been posted at the Facebook page "In Loving Memory of Leah C. McCollough" as a discussion.  I will post it here as my next post.

The following are some excerpts from the program of the ceremony.

"The fundamental premist of Buddhism is that life is eternal, and that individual living beings undergo a continuing cycle of birth and death.  The active, Manifest phase of this cycle is followed by a phase of dormancy in which our life exists in a state of pure potentiality.  Birth and death are transitional processes of passing from one stage of existence to the next.  As we respond to life, our every action becomes a cause that effects our destiny and the nature of our experience.  After death, the accumulation of thse causes dictates the circumstances in which our life experiences dormancy and becomes manifest again, through birth."

Another excerpt:

"A life lived without purpose or value, the kind in which one doesn't know the reason why one was born is joyless and lackluster.  To just live, eat, and die without any real sense of purpose surely represents a life pervaded by the world of Animality."

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