Since everyone, even animals and insects, wants to be happy and does not want to experience suffering, we should try never to harm any living being. If we kill even a tiny insect, this is a non-virtuous action because it causes great suffering to the insect. We may enjoy fishing, but if we consider this action from the point of view of the fish, we will realize how harmful it is. We need to develop compassion for human beings and animals alike, without discrimination; and we should take the utmost care not to cause suffering to any living being.
Physical death is a more dramatic manifestation of the dying that goes on continually throughout the day. We are perpetually facing the beginnings and endings of situations and circumstances without appreciating the emotional toll that these small births and deaths have on our lives. It can be as subtle as forgetting a thought or as common as falling asleep. Change itself is death.
Young Tibetan monk playing the dungchen (dung chen) in a Buddhist ceremony in a monastery in Ranipauwa near Muktinath.
The dungchen is a long trumpet or horn used in Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. It is the most widely used instrument in Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is often played in pairs or multiples, and the sound is compared to the singing of elephants.