【念死 Mindfulness of Death】如空谷壳 As fruitless as winnowing chaff
念死 : 如空谷壳
日常师父法语37B 15'22"~16'29" 手抄稿第五册P163L5
37B 15’22” – 16’29” Vol 5 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P163 L5
English Lamrim Vol 1 P146
【Mindfulness of Death】- As fruitless as winnowing chaff
【Just so, if you create an authentic mindfulness of death, you will see that all toiling for worldly things such as goods, respect, and fame is as fruitless as winnowing chaff, and is a source of deception. Then you will turn away from wrongdoing.】
In this manner, after this practice, you will realize that in this world, be it respect, fame or goods, all worldly things in front of us now are like what? They are just like winnowing chaffs. After harvesting the rice crops, through winnowing, the rice grains are left behind and the chaffs are being blown away. These chaffs are useless. Now everything in our mundane world are just like those chaffs, simply useless. They have no true meaning, thus “fruitless”. Not only that, they are a “source of deception”, where all harm originates.