“Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.” by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

During my research on Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi I came across this quote, which Buddist monk and teacher Pema Chodron used in a book-excerpt on non-theism and the fear of death. I am not really into this positive thinking – and materialize your desires and wishes-kind of New Age stuff – and Pema Chodron makes a really good point to that. Fear, hopelessness and death are realities one cannot transcend by ignoring them. To feel comfort and relaxation in the midst of ambiguity is the real challenge – the Dharma leaves nothing to hold on to.