Śūnyatā. like a moth in the flame
It is my morning practice to make offerings to the Buddha . Water, incense, and light. I also try to offer flowers , fruit and sometimes chocolate when I can. But this morning I found a moth in the empty nightlight , it has happened several times over the years and I often wonder what to think about the death of the moth. If I am mindful I will say a prayer for that being.
Every moment is a lesson for me if I allow myself to be conscious.This morning I imagined that if I were that moth and died right there in the shrine room it wouldn’t be all that bad.
This then lead me to seek out a teaching about the moth in the flame.
From the’ Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra’ The Buddha states:
By having cultivated non-self in connection with the Buddha nature and having continually cultivated emptiness, suffering will not be eradicated but one will become like a moth in the flame of a lamp.
I now have something to ponder before I go to sleep.