Aging & Health

Death & Dying

The cultivation of awareness of death is a central buddhist practice, which continues throughout the three yanas. There is no one right way to die, as there is no one right way to live. Death is real. It comes without warning. All of us will eventually be corpses.

In relating with dying persons, it is important to maintain the perspective that we are all dying persons. By making friends with our own mortality, we may be able to be of some benefit to others undergoing this most simple and profound transition. Likewise, through looking at the practicalities of death and dying, we may be able to approach our own death with equanimity.

It is important to remember that until we are dead, we are all alive. In that way we will not fall into the mistake of viewing terminally ill people, ourselves and others, as less than fully alive.