The purpose of this meditation is to generate a feeling of the certainty of death and see what it makes me decide.

I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began my familiar contemplation:

I will definitely die – there is nothing I can do to slow the pace of my ageing. Death is inevitable. When I die, everything I know will disappear. Everything – even my most fundamental identity – will be stripped away.

I dwelt on this contemplation and it seemed to me that everything I normally worry about faded away. They are inconsequential when considered against the collapsing mountain of death. I focused on this feeling that only my actions matter. I resolved to create virtuous actions in the time I have left – and stayed with it for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings see death clearly, and allow it to give shape to their life.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remember how death gives shape to life.