The teachings show us precisely what will happen if we prepare for
death and what will happen if we do not. The choice could not be
clearer. If we refuse to accept death now, while we are still alive,
we will pay dearly throughout our lives, at the moment of death, and
thereafter. The effects of this refusal will ravage this life and all
the lives to come.
We will not be able to live our lives fully; we will remain
imprisoned in the very aspect of ourselves that has to die. This
ignorance will rob us of the basis of the journey to enlightenment,
and trap us endlessly in the realm of illusion, the uncontrolled
cycle of birth and death, that ocean of suffering that Buddhists
From Book: "Glimpse After Glimpse"