Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, 2000. Photo: Brian Halterman.Lama Zopa Rinpoche receives thousands of letters every year from people seeking guidance on a variety of issues. His advice is made available here, so it may be of benefit to others.
This section contains essential advice on impermanence and death, including how to care for others at the time of death and practices for the deceased. Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of the mind that cherishes others over the self—bodhicitta—and how to make the best use of our life and how to prepare for a happy and peaceful death.
It is very good to think every morning, “I will die today,” which helps us to accept death and the impermanence of life. We are all on the same journey toward death and it is vital to realize this. However, Rinpoche shows that even more important than this is achieving liberation from samsara, and most important of all, achieving enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Major transitions in life are a reminder to us of how precious our human lives are, and how important it is for us to practice the Dharma. Rinpoche advises on the impermanent nature of life and the unexpectedness of death, as well as related topics including euthanasia.
Other Resources for the Time of Death