The drawbacks to not remembering death

The text turns to reflecting on the impermanence of this life and generating concern for future rebirths. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa.

  • Generating concern for future lives
  • Aspiring for a good future rebirth helps to develop ethical conduct and subdue afflictions
  • The drawbacks of not meditating on the awareness of death
  • By not remembering death we don’t think about the dharma and practicing
  • When we don’t remember death and impermanence our practice is mixed with the eight worldly concerns
    • Attachment to getting material possessions and aversion to not getting them or being separated from them
    • Attachment to praise and aversion to criticism
    • Attachment to a good reputation and aversion to a bad reputation
    • Attachment to pleasant experiences and aversion to unpleasant experiences
  • The eight worldly concerns take us away from the Dharma, remembering death puts these at the bottom of the list and helps to see what is really important to do

Gomchen Lamrim 10: The drawbacks to not remembering death (download)

10 The Gomchen Lamrim 10-09-15

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