As with many deep truths,
people tend to look at the death awareness meditations and say, Yes, I know all
of that. I know I'm going to die someday. I know I can't take it with me. I know
my body will be dust. And as with other things—as with the law of impermanence
itself—I would say we know it and we don't know it. We know it in our heads but
haven't taken it into our hearts. We haven't let it penetrate the marrow of our
bones. If we had, I can't help thinking we would live differently. Our whole
lives would be different. The planet would be different as well.
- Larry Rosenberg, "Only the
Practice of Dharma Can Help Us at the Time of Death"