paganbuddha wrote:Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do?
no I'm not dying anymore than most of you, it's a philosophical question, something that is given as a meditation exercise in most Buddhist traditions, I'm just curious of people's opinion of all walks of life on this question
you can even ask this question from yourself
and you can post even what YOU should do
edit: fixed title
As I am 67 years old, I am probably closer to that certainty than other younger members of this forum.
From my personal view death is a non-event .... merely a stage on the path from birth to rebirth and (hopefully) realisation.
There is no Self .... but only a temporary self (note no capital letters on the word self).
Life is like a tree... new leaves grow on it in the spring, and each year they die and fall off with the coming of winter.
Otherwise, without this season's leaves falling off that tree ... how would next year's leaves ever be reborn and bloom again in the next spring?
Personal opinon .... both death and birth/life are illusions of one's Ego Self. Pay no attention.
Just live the Now mindfully.
I'm trying to make that my Practice.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach