My friend

My best friend who was like a dearest sister to me, passed a way 6 days ago. She died of breast cancer – the silent killer. She found out she had cancer last year. She's such a tough woman, never feared death. I met her at the monastery when I went to study Buddhism. I was around 18 or 19 years old. We became so close since then. Both of us have been traveling to so many places together with our great masters. It was not a shocking death like my little sister. I miss her very much. During these past two months, I lost three loved ones. I'm not sad, stressed or depressed because I keep each and every one of them very close to my heart, much closer than ever, but I do not know how to cry like most human. My best friend and I, never had room for hate in our hearts. Our masters trained us to pray for loving kindness and compassion for our so-called enemies every day, especially for those who hurt us the most in our lives. Both, she and I went through so much together during this lifetime. My best friend yelled at me more than my mother, especially when I felt lazy. Her death reminds me every moment to get up and spread my loving kindness and compassion to all sentient beings, including our so-called enemies…

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