The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of the fact that I will die, and that reliance upon a Spiritual Guide is the way to prepare for this eventuality.

sneezeI made the usual preparations for meditation and then began by thinking about how I will feel when I die. Although I cannot anticipate the circumstances of my death now, I supposed that my death would come about after a short illness, like that of my Aunt who passed away recently. I imagined what my mind would be like when I died, if I was feeling ill. I have a cough and a cold at the moment (like everyone else I know) and it is easy to think ‘Oh I feel so ill! Poor me!’ This is a miserable mind and it is an unhappy mind. It is important to die with a happy mind, so if I am ill before I die, it will be very hard for me to have a happy mind if I am used to being so self-concerned under such conditions.

I made the determination to try and abandon my self concern now and when I am ill in the future, because this will prepare me well for my death. I focused on this for a while and then I wondered about what this means in terms of reliance upon a Spiritual Guide. It seemed to me that by relying on my Spiritual Guide, I will be able to overcome my self-cherishing during transient illnesses. I will also be prepared for the illness that will lead to my death, and be able to keep a peaceful and happy mind throughout my illness and death. This seemed such a wonderful response to illness and death that I focused on it for the rest of the session.


May all living beings rely upon their Spiritual Guide and prepare themselves for death every day.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my Guru’s instructions and transform my illnesses into the spiritual path to enlightenment.