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  1. That was such a great one! I have a friend from our high school who just lost her beloved daughter to suicide. My friend is truly suffering. I sent the one poster with the four sayings to comfort her. I hope she will like those. Thank you for sharing these.

    Ricki Burleigh

  2. There is absolutely no proof that there is anything good (Heaven?) or bad (Hell?) at the end of the tunnel. What we have for sure every day is the tunnel. Let’s enjoy the present moment, the tunnel, instead. A Zen master, based on the teachings of the Buddha, has said , “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”. To long for the unknown future while not fully enjoying the present should not be recommended.

  3. Quang, this poster and quote are not at all religious as I read them, this is no “there will be pie in the sky by and by” statement – the quote instead is a reminder that Life Goes On, that any pain is a transitory moment occurring in Life.

    Pleasures as well as pains are transitory. While Thích Nhất Hạnh did indeed make that quote, the full statement was
    “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
    There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
    There is no way to enlightenment. Enlightenment is the way.” He was not speaking of hedonism or living for the moment, he was describing living IN the moment, living mindfully. Moments pass, that is their nature. Life goes on.

    1. Anne, although I do not fully agree with everything, I thank you very much for your response. I still believe the statement “The light at the end of the tunnel is your life; it’s the tunnel that’s temporary” is not a recommended way of living one’s life. The end of the tunnel should be our life as well as the whole tunnel, beginning and end.” Let’s live our life fully and not just at the end. A simple example: A person was driving his family to Disneyland from far away thru heavy traffic and associated it with unhappiness while projecting his/her happiness with the time at Disneyland. What he/she should do was to convert the time supposedly to be unhappy into happy, or at least neutral, moment by fully realizing the happiness being able to see, to hear, to breathe, to drive, to be with his/her family instead of concentrating on the difficulties of the drive. Life, happy, unhappy or neutral, in the tunnel is not temporary. To get to Disneyland, he/she WILL have to drive thru that traffic and that traffic is our life. Let’s learn a way to enjoy that drive or at least minimize as much as possible the “unhappiness” while driving but let’s not consider it as temporary. A person who does not have a capability to enjoy or at least not to suffer too much in the tunnel will not have the capability to really enjoy life even at the end of the tunnel.

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        The metaphor i intended was that the tunnel represents the dark moments of our lives dealing with trajedies and major setbacks. The notion wasn’t intended to mean the light was the end of your life or the afterlife but the great bulk of your life. I meant this more as an encouragement for people going through tough times.but I enjoyed and learned from the dialogue.

        1. Thank you very much for your clarification. I am surprise that you are personally responding to my input. I am sure you know that my input is not to criticize, but to construct. I admire your ethics and I have been listening to you on the radio and receiving newsletters from your organization for many years. I have been encouraging my friends and co-worker to do the same. But like you see, I agree with most of your commentaries, but not all. People has to realize that there is a tunnel, then there is light, then another the tunnel, then light again… and the cycle will go on until the end of our life. Tough time and good time will take turn to accompany us throughout our life so it is best for us accept the tough time as an inherent part of our life and learn to minimize its impact the best we can. And sometimes, the tough time, the tunnel that we are in came from a minor problem being amplified by our misguided mind. I don’t believe praying will fix it but constant learning from enlightened philosophers might. Meditation will help a great deal too. Again, thank you and good night.

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