Extinguish the fear of death

May 26, 2017 Death Awareness

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jizo-1976581_640What should one do in order to extinguish his or her fear of death?
by Venerable Khai Thien

Death is a truth about which many people do not want to think or speak—even if you believe that you do not fear death.

 

As Buddhists, we know that death is a part of life’s entire process of the Dependent Origination of samsāra. Thus, to see the truth of death as it really is, you will not be afraid of death anymore; rather, you will be afraid of living too long in old age without death! Just think that if you lived until 200 or 300 years old—how full of suffering, how boring, and how tiresome old age would be! Similarly, when speaking about the truth of impermanence, many people hastily assume that this is a pessimistic view; in fact, it is indeed truly optimistic, because impermanence always brings to our life numerous chances for transformation and alteration in the ever-changing life stream. Thanks to the law of impermanence, evil is able to transform into good or suffering may change to happiness; your present life may shift to a better direction. Death is, therefore, an indispensable fact in the constant stream of samsāra. Buddhism teaches that death is just a matter of removing an old coat while birth is putting on the new one. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about regarding death! What needs to concern us is the state in which you should die so that you are able to really take off the old coat and put on the new one peacefully and freely. For this reason, practicing the noble Dharma becomes the highest priority. The true practitioner is never afraid of death!

 

Disclaimer: Use of the information and data is to bring awareness of death and dying. Spirare does not own the information or profit from its use. Source: Buddhism 101 – Questions and Answers (A Handbook for Buddhists) Image: Pixabay

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