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Thanks everyone for the comments and especially to @PedanticPorpoise for the link. There is an explanation in there for "The Wave of Birth and Death" that clears things up (see below):
Thây often uses the image of waves and water to illustrate interbeing. Imagine waves on the sea. If the waves had consciousness they might look at themselves and compare themselves with other waves, saying: “I am more (or less) beautiful than that wave”, or, “I am higher (or lower) than that other wave,” and develop a sense of importance or of low self-esteem. As the waves approach the shore the self-important wave might see the waves ahead dashing themselves against the shore and become filled with fear. This is because it considers itself to have a separate existence. It does not realise that it is only a manifestation of the water and in a process of continual metamorphosis or transformation. Once it realises this, liberation occurs and it is freed from fear, particularly the fear of death. It has realised that its ultimate nature is water. We can apply this teaching to ourselves once we realise that there is nothing identifiable in us which is separate. When we look deeply at a wave we see the water, and when we look deeply at the water we see the possibility of the wave. When physicists discovered that waves and particles are not separate entities but that waves are particles and particles are waves they were highlighting a truth about the material world familiar to the spiritual view of mystics and Zen masters in many cultures throughout the ages. Just as water does not differ from wave, in the wave of life that comes and goes eternally, so human beings are not separate from the universe in which they find themselves, but deeply and intrinsically connected throughout space and time. When we realise our interbeing nature, we are freed from the fear of death and can live in peace.