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Contemplating Death and Dying (3 of 5)

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2007-10-30
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



To gently bring home the truth of our own mortality, gather old photos of a few people you have loved who have died (friends, grandparents, or other relatives). Look into the face of each person and see the vitality, and then reflect that this person has died. Watch an old movie of the early twentieth century. Notice the life and glamour of the leading men and women; reflect on the fact that everyone in the movie is now dead. Now say to yourself, “This too will happen to me and everyone I know.” What feelings arise with this realization? Honor those feelings. How does this reflection affect the way you think about your life today? Does it reprioritize what is important? Does it affect your relationship to the dharma?

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