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Death

Think about death and impermanence for a long time

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Think about death and impermanence for a long time.

Once you are certain that you are going to die, you will no longer find it hard to put aside harmful actions, nor difficult to do what is right.

After that, meditate for a long time on love and compassion.

Once love fills your heart you will no longer find it hard to act for the benefit of others.

Then meditate for a long time on emptiness, the natural state of all phenomena. Once you fully understand emptiness, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions.

~ Geshe Potowa

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Death is certain

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Death is certain, but when it will arrive is not. One thing that’s for sure is that we are not going to live for one hundred years. One hundred years from now, pretty much everybody alive today will be dead. It is very important to remember impermanence. The Kadampa geshes used to remember impermanence all the time in order to avoid seeking the comfort of the temporal life. They felt that if they didn’t bring it to mind in the morning they were in danger of wasting the entire afternoon, and if they didn’t bring it to mind in the afternoon they were in danger of wasting the whole night. By constantly keeping impermanence in mind, they were able to prevent the meaningless thought seeking only the comfort of this life from arising.– Khunu Rinpoche

Dawn

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Death is not extinguishing the light
It is simply putting out the lamp
Because the dawn has come.
– Tagore

Do not depend on death to liberate you

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Severino Granada


At least until you die

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If we continue to practice this way over the months and years, we will feel our hearts and minds grow bigger. When people ask me how long this will take, I say, ‘At least until you die.

– Pema Chödron
from the book “The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times”

Why long for the unnecessary

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Toss to the winds your concern for this life, and impress on your mind the unknown time of your death. Remembering the pain of samsara, why long for the unnecessary?

– Milarepa

from the book “Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet’s Beloved Saint, Milarepa”

Just Dharma Quotes


Death is certain

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Death is certain, but when it will arrive is not. One thing that’s for sure is that we are not going to live for one hundred years. One hundred years from now, pretty much everybody alive today will be dead. It is very important to remember impermanence. The Kadampa geshes used to remember impermanence all the time in order to avoid seeking the comfort of the temporal life. They felt that if they didn’t bring it to mind in the morning they were in danger of wasting the entire afternoon, and if they didn’t bring it to mind in the afternoon they were in danger of wasting the whole night. By constantly keeping impermanence in mind, they were able to prevent the meaningless thought seeking only the comfort of this life from arising.

– Khunu Rinpoche


Death humor

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Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice


Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch

“Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch; Nothing ever works out as you wanted, so give up all your schemes and ambitions. If you have got to think about something— Make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death . .”
Sogyal Rinpoche,

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


The great work of life and death

In the great work of life and death, time will not wait for you.
If you die tomorrow, what kind of body will you get?
Is not all of this of great importance?
Hurry up! Hurry!
Blue sky and green sea
Are the Buddha’s original face.
The sound of the waterfall and the bird’s song
Are the great sutras.
Where are you going?
Watch your step.
Water flows down to the sea.
Clouds float up to the heavens.

– Seung Sahn

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