One of Hakuin’s students came to him and said that she had experienced the infinite light of awakening in all things.
‘I found a conversation recorded in the Pali Canon, in which someone asked the Buddha how long a human life was and his reply was that the length of a human life was one thought moment. ‘
My teacher in Japan, Yamada Roshi, quoted Bankei as he gave me his condolences for my mother’s death. He said how sorry he was to have heard the news of my mother’s death and he added:
“But, you know, we are never really born so… We never really die.”