Best to think I’ll die today

  We know we’ll die one day, but we can’t stand the thought of it so we live in the fantasy that somehow we’re permanent. But best, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, to think that we’ll die today.   It’s too shocking! We think that if that happens, then why bother...

Get ready for death

  Lama Atisha, in his Lamp on the Path, takes from all the extensive teachings of the Buddha on impermanence and gets us to contemplate the grosser level of how things change, in particular our own death. And coming organically and naturally from the...

Death is definite – but we can’t stand the thought of it

  Buddha’s teachings about impermanence and change are vast, but the best way to get the essence of them and use them as a wake-up call so as not to waste our life is to think about the impermanence of death – our own death.   The first thing to...

Wwe’re all dying, it’s just a question of when

In the presentation of Buddha’s teachings in the lam-rim, one of the first contemplations is on the reality of impermanenence, in particular the impermenance of oneself: I will die. The first of the three points to contemplate is that death is definite. Although it’s...

The value of money and the power of generosity

Whatever skill we learn, we learn it in stages, and spiritual development is no exception. From the Buddhist perspective the developing we’re doing is the healing of our deeply instinctive fractured sense of self. The irony of this “ego” is that we feel that we’re...