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...Law of Becoming.

Nothing is. But is Becoming.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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Thus the dying man is drawn to an environment, good or bad , which he has created for himself by his thought , word and deed, for on these depend the nature of our future life.
Every moment we are creating our future. Every moment then we must be careful .


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It is Ignorance that entails he dreary round
Now here now there -- of countless births and deaths.
But no hereafter waits for him who Knows.


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Worlds on worlds are rolling over from creation to decay,
Like bubbles on a river , sparking , bursting , borne away.


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The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power
All that beauty , all that wealth ever gave,
Await alike the inevitable hour .
The path of glory leads to the grave.


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If you fear death, why not make the wisest use of the present so as to ensure a happy future? To fear death on one hand , and on the other , not to act in the way that would ensure a happy future is either madness or mental lethargy . He who leads a virtuous life , harming none and helping whom he can , in conformity with the Dhamma ( dharma) Always remembering Dhamma , is without doubt laying the foundation of a happy future life.
The Dhamma most assuredly protects him who lives in conformity with it . Such conformity is facilitated by the contemplation of death . Death has no fears for one who is thus protected by Dhamma . Then shall, cheerful and unafraid , be able to face phenomenon of death with fortitude and calm.


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As we sow , so shall we reap. Karma is not something generated in the closed box of the past. It is always in the making. We are by our own actions , every moment contributing to it . Hence , the future is not at all conditioned by the past. The present moment is also conditioning it .


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The disciple who devotes himself to this contemplation of death ( With mindfulness, with sense of urgency , and with understanding. ) is always vigilant , takes no delight in any form of existence , gives up hankering after life , censures evil doing , is free from craving as regards the requisites of life , his perception of impermanence becomes established , he realizes the painful and soulless nature of existence and at the moment of death he is devoid of fear, and remains mindful and self-possessed . Finally , if in this present life he fails to attain Nibbana ( Nirvana ) , upon the dissolution of the body he is bound for a happy destiny.


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It is the contemplation of death that helps to destroy the infatuation of sense-pleasure.

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