The benefits of contemplating our death
“If we base our life on a realistic awareness of our mortality we shall regard our spiritual development as far more important than the attainments of this world,and we shall view our time in this world principally as an opportunity to cultivate positive minds such as patience, love, compassion and wisdom.
Motivated by these virtuous minds we shall perform many positive actions, thereby creating the cause for future happiness. When the time of our death comes we shall be able to pass away without fear or regret, our mind empowered by the virtuous karma we have created.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Living Meanfully, Dying Joyfully (pp. 3-4)