About Dying

Before you complain about the subject line …

Yes, not a subject one generally wants to talk about. In one article I received in my emails today, by late Blanche Hartman,  she had the following quote and comments. I am sparing you the entire article since this much covers the “meat” of the article. You may find it useful; if not now perhaps sometime in future.

“Five Daily Recollections from the Upajjhatthana Sutra of the Buddha:

1.  I’m of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
2.  I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape having ill health.
3.  I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
4.  All that is dear to me and everything I have and everything I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape from losing them.
5.  My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”


These Five Daily Recollections seemed to be, for me, some clue to how to live if you know you’re going to die. Pay attention to how you live. Pay attention to your actions. Are your actions kind? Are your actions honest? Are your actions supported by the desire to help beings, to benefit beings? Are your actions selfish or generous? How are you living this life?  

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