The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish to engage in spiritual practice because we know we are going to die, and then to meditate on this wish in light of equalising self and others.

I began by focusing on the stability of mixing my mind with my Guru’s mind, and the tranquillity of pure inner peace.

After a while I moved on to the main meditation topic. I focused on a few people I know who have diseases which will kill them. Some of them have very little time left. I looked at my normal attitude when I think of such things, and it goes something like this:

“How awful for them. They are at the end of their lives and they know that soon their life will be over forever.”

And after that… I just go on thinking about my job or my family or a holiday we are planning. What I SHOULD go on to think is:

“They are dying and soon I will die too. Soon I will be just like them, facing the end of my life, taking stock of what I have done. As this will happen soon – very soon.”

We may be in good health, and expect to live another 20, 30, 40, 50 years or so, but this expectation is a fantasy unsupported by any rational reasoning. It is like a comfort blanket, making us feel better but completely unable to prevent the coming catastrophe.

I thought: ‘I have got to die’. It is not that I am going to die, which seems a very soft and gentle way of expressing the idea. The point is I have GOT to die. I have GOT to. It is completely inevitable.

I focused on this feeling of having GOT to die, and I felt like I was with the Lord of Death. When he actually comes, am I going to go kicking and screaming, or am I going to look him in the eye and and say ‘Ah yes, so you are here. I am ready’?

I resolved to use my life to pursue the spiritual life amidst the froth of my everyday life. I must transform my experiences in to the Path while I still have the chance. I focused on this wish for a while.

I then thought about what this means in terms of equalising self and others.

Well certainly, death is the great equaliser. Rich or poor, famous or unknown, death will come to us all. I death, we are all equal. To equalise myself and others is to equalise my love for myself with my love for others. As death makes us all equal, I can certainly do this.

I incorporated this feeling of death making us all equal into my wish to practice Dharma sincerely, and remained on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings remember death and transform their lives into spiritual endeavours, quickly becoming completely free from suffering and enlightened beings for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to transform all my experiences into the Spiritual Path by mounting taking and giving on the breath.