Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book
Death & Transitions
In this section, Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of the mind that cherishes others over the self—bodhicitta—the impermanent nature of life, and the unexpectedness of 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.
Other Resources for the Time of Death
Essential Practices for the Time of Death
Heart Advice for Death and Dying
Liberation Card for Dying Person
Practicing the Five Powers Near the Time of Death
Support at the Time of Death