I am sure we were connected in the previous lives. Maybe we were Tibetans too.
Yes, life is so short. Everyday we should wake up and meditate on impermanence and death. Once we do that we will know how precious our live can be and do Dharma all the way. I know a lot of my family and friends do not talk about death because of their superstitions but do you think you'll live till 60? 70? 80? Isn't it the same as buying insurance? People are scared to buy insurance because it will indicate that they will have sickness and die from it. Dharma is also like insurance BUT it is long term and it can be carried forward. Isn't it cool?
· Now, all my family and friends are laughing, smiling and enjoying my company; soon the time will come when they’ll be weeping at the news of my death.
· Now, I keep my body nicely covered with clothes; soon the time will come when it will be dead, like stone, feeling nothing.
· Now, my body can’t bear being touched by even a tiny stick of burning incense; soon it will be burnt in a fire.
· This body, which has always been well preserved, will soon be ash.
· This body, which is always going everywhere, unable to stay still in one place, will soon be nailed into a box and buried under ground.
· This body, which cannot bear to be bitten by even a little flea, will soon be full of worms eating it.
· This body, which is always talking about everything, will soon be dead, unable to talk about anything.
· This body, which at present has the ability to express all its desires, will soon be unable to see properly or even explain my will.
· This body, which I have always tried to keep attractive, will soon become a frightening corpse. Even people who are presently attached to my body will soon be terrified, afraid to even look at it let alone touch it.
· This body, which has always enjoyed the best of food and drink, will soon be unable to swallow anything at all, even drops of medicine put into my mouth. At that time I’ll be completely unable to move my body or open my mouth; all I’ll be able to do will be with great difficulty to open an eye. Even if my relatives or friends try to encourage me, all I’ll be able to do will be to open an eye. Soon after that I won’t even be able to hear anything they say.
· Soon this body will be called a corpse. Soon nobody will want to touch me. All they’ll want to do will be to drag me away by the farthest corner of my clothes that they can reach.
· Soon, this body that I always dressed so well will be completely naked, lying on a slab.
It’s uncertain when all these things will happen, but it won’t be long. It could be tonight; this month; this year. Whenever it is going to happen, I am constantly getting closer to that time, approaching it day by day.
So, this is the way to start meditating on death. First do the meditation on how life is finishing quickly and then the meditation on the circumstances of death. Don’t just think about the circumstances of death intellectually; meditate as above. Meditate on the changes that your body will undergo in the future, on what is definitely going to happen, but visualize as if it is happening right now, as if you’re in that situation right now. This is very useful; it’s a special technique for realizing impermanence and death. Meditate on what would be happening to your body if you were dying right now—how your body changes; how it looks.If you do this meditation properly, if you generate a strong feeling that you are dying right now, you’ll notice your heartbeat and breathing quicken. This is a sign that you have gained a level of experience of the meditation on impermanence and death. You need to keep practicing this meditation until such signs appear.
“You’re driven by karmic seeds, by the force of your own accumulated actions, and still you think you have freedom of choice! But how do you know what kind of life you’ll have tomorrow? You think you can choose your life? What an ego-trip!”
- Lama Thubten Yeshe http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=446