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Vol 43

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At this point of writing, there is still no news on the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which went missing on March 8 with 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations. The pain and suffering of the relatives and friends of those on board are obvious and understandable.

As Buddhists how should we react to such a tragedy? Firstly, Buddhism reminds us that it is a certainty that all of us will die one day and that we do not know the time or place of that occurrence. When we come to understand that life is impermanent and unpredictable, that everybody is going to die, including ourselves, we can find some ground for developing greater wisdom around our fear of death, even when mourning the deaths of innocent passengers and crew on flight MH 370.