Understanding Death

One of the steps in preparing for death is to come to deeply understand death. The followingAt the Cemetery comprehensive article, entitled “Buddhism and Death” by Maurice O’Connell Walshe (1911-98), covers the following points, and also provides an informative context for meditation on death:

  • The great unmentionable – death
  • The traditional Christian view
  • The modern secular view
  • The Buddhist attitude
  • Implications of “survivalism” and “annihilationism”
  • Repression
  • Consequences
  • Death and the Buddhist
  • Death-Wish
  • Psychology of survivalism and anti-survivalism
  • Spiritualism and the occult
  • What is death?
  • What is rebirth?
  • Death and the Arahant
  • Meditation and death
  • Appendix: science and survival
  1. For a PDF copy, click Buddhism and Death – by M. O’C. Walshe.
  2. For an MS Word copy, click Buddhism and Death – by M. O’C Walshe.