Oh goodness! What a treat to see Rev. Master Berwyn giving his talk in the Ceremony Hall at Throssel.
The Buddha’s Parinirvana ceremony revolves around light and dark and encourages us to look at how we deal with ‘darkness.’ This is different for all of us, but for most of us, darkness is associated with a drawing within, a time perhaps of loss and facing our own impermanence, a time when we wait for the coming of spring.
Perhaps the ceremony is more a celebration of darkness than a celebration of light, for without the darkness there can be no understanding of the light, and this is the main theme of this talk: the intimate relationship between light and dark.
Copied from Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey Dharma Talks page.