We have to ask ourself what is the most meaningful way to use our life. What will make us truly happy? What will benefit others most? And when this life is over, what will help us then?
In Living Meaningfully Dying Joyfully Geshe Kelsang Gyatso challenges us, saying that since we have so much freedom in our lives we should ask ourself these questions.
‘If we ask ourself these questions sincerely and deeply we shall discover that the way to make our life truly meaningful is to dedicate our life to spiritual development. In essence this means to eliminate our negative deluded states of mind, and to cultivate positive, peaceful states. By making this our priority the negative minds that are the source of all our problems, such as anger, jealousy, attachment, pride, and ignorance, will gradually decrease; and our positive qualities such as love, compassion, and wisdom, will increase. As a result we shall enjoy a happy, peaceful life, free from anxiety and problems, and we shall naturally benefit others. Spiritual practice is what gives meaning to our lives and by applying our practice at the time of death we an die joyfully and experience pure, lasting happiness in all our future lives. Eventually we will be able to transcend all the limitations of ordinary existence and attain the highest state of all, full enlightenment.’
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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