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On Death and Impermanence


I shall definitely die.
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.

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