We are truly running out of time
if we still do not realise
we are truly running out of time.
It is extremely important to be able to help a dying person and, if you can, the dying person’s family as well. Like us, they are not yet dead but they are dying. There are only a certain number of in-breaths and out-breaths in a lifetime [unless karma changes in time]. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second, that number is constantly diminishing. In reality, we too are dying. The intuitive feeling we have, that the person with cancer is dying but we are not, is totally incorrect.
No matter how many days, how many hours, how many minutes, how many seconds we have left in this life, they are constantly finishing. Life is getting shorter and shorter. We too are dying and are therefore the same as the person we label as dying. We could even die before that person [as life is unpredictable, and life can end suddenly – which is why we must diligently learn to handle the passing of ourselves and others now].
Sun Of Devotion, Stream Of Blessings
Lama Zopa Rinpoche