5 daily recollections: contemplating death to get to happiness

Buddhists don’t mess around.

These 5 recollections, sometimes called the “five remembrances,” can be quite difficult to think about–but the point of these is to bring more happiness.  By reinforcing our awareness of how impermanent life is, we can truly grasp the preciousness of  each moment and cultivate gratitude.  Dying, illness, and change are integral parts of life, so resisting these facts just cause more suffering.

The Buddha advised: “These are the five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.”

What do you think?  Do you think contemplating death can bring new insight onto life?


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