Yesterday, I took the day off from practicing law to practice ikebana (the art of flower arranging) and photography. The arrangments will be used at a celebration of the life of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who died on this day (April 4) in 1987.
In April 1987, I went to Berkeley to see my friend Mitch. Mitch had been diagnosed with AIDS, which in 1987--before the advent of anti-retroviral drugs--meant certain death. As we walked the streets of Berkeley, Mitch pointed out the Trungpa memorial set up in a bookshop window. Mitch died on November 22, 1989.
Life is short, but full of opportunities to practice.