Nine-point death meditation

45 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, second volume in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Death is definite
  • Our life span cannot be extended
  • Time of death is uncertain
  • Death happens when we are in the middle of doing something
  • It takes a lot of efforts to stay alive
  • Importance of stable dharma practice
  • Only dharma is helpful at the time of death
  • Money, possessions, friends, relatives, or body are not of any help when we die
  • Results from our actions and tendencies come with us to the next life

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 45: Nine Point Death Meditation (download)

45 Foundation of Buddhist Practice: Nine-Point Death Meditation 05-08-20

Contemplation points

  1. What is the best way to prepare for death and to what degree are you doing this right now?
  2. In what aspects can you improve your practice so that you feel you are best prepared for death and future lives?
  3. What can ease our minds at the time of death?

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