What does death feel like? Surely, no one of us knows: but we have our imaginations to help us find out.
One of the four noble truths is that life is suffering (or dukkha), if it is taken wrongly. Almost all of us have a wrong view of both life and death, because they are mostly left unexplored due to intillectual fear. Liberation from fear can be achieved either slowly along a Buddhist path or rather quickly, as in the case of Pratyekabuddhas (or lone Buddhas) who awaken spontaneously and without effort. With a little patience and perseverance, awakening can be achieved, including the reminder that life is fragile, will end for all of us, and no one is immune to Samsara.
Along with the four noble truths, another truth that we can see very clearly is that all beings who ever have lived and who ever will live, will pass away. This can be explored before the big annhilation if we choose — and it is very healthy to ponder, contemplate, and wonder about truth. We don’t need excuses as to why “we shouldn’t look at that” or “we shouldn’t talk about that” or even “we shouldn’t think about that“.
If it is an experience of the human kingdom, either psychologically or societally, then it is fair playing ground to explore.
Depression has been explored… anxiety and a whole host of mental ailments are being explored… the expansion of consciousness through entheogenic plant medicines is explored… sexuality… personal identity… climbing the highest mountains and looking through the deepest jungles… so why not explore our own deaths along the way?
Often our deepest fears are rooted in habitual tendencies linked to negative experiences in the past or the unknown and intangible future.
Let’s explore these together, if they come up, in this gentle guided meditation on death.
May all beings be happy; may all beings be free from suffering. May all beings be peaceful; may all beings be free!
With love and gratitude for my life and yours,