So someone I knew died today in a freak accident. I knew them, but I did not know them well, so therefore I am not overcome with sadness. I feel in this situation we can only let those who truly knew them well be sad for them, and let ourselves be a support to those people. A fundamental teaching in Buddhism is impermanence, even with ones own life. There is no escape from physical death. Death is part of living.

Some people say that because there is no escape from death, that they should live every day like its their last day. They use it as an excuse to do things, that maybe are not in their best interest. If we cannot escape death, than we should indeed live every day like it is our last. Yet living every day as if it were our last means, doing are best every day to live a life of meaning and purpose.

"peace comes from within, do not seek without" - The Buddha



Jinpa said...

Anyone that would choose to act carelessly, thinking that any given day would be their last, clearly does not understand karma.

Anonymous said...

I think the phrase "live every day like it was your last" doesn't have as much to do with being careless as it does with freeing you from inhibition of doing the things that if you died tomorrow, you would regret not doing. It's not an encouragement to be wreckless, rather an encouragement to get out there and live a fulfilling life. As opposed to hiding in the corner of your fears.