On Death and Impermanence
I shall definitely
There is no way to prevent my body from finally decaying
and passing away to dust.
Day by day, moment-by-moment, my life is slipping away.
I have no idea when I shall die; the time of my death is
completely uncertain. Many people die before their
parents; some die the moment they are born - there is no
certainty in this world other than my death.
There is no guarantee that I shall not die today.
Since I shall soon have to depart from this world, there
is no sense in my becoming attached to worldly pleasures
. . . they are deceptive and distract me from using my
life in a meaningful way.