"Back to Normal - 150k Die Every Day" Reflection on Death with Ajahn Dhammasiha
A short reflection (only 10 min) by Ajahn Dhammasiha, following the Sunday afternoon meditation. He points out that in Australia, every day around 440 people die in the average. In the US the number is above 7,500 per day, and worldwide some 160,000 persons pass away every day in the average. In other words, coming out of lockdown and going back to 'normal' does not mean we're now free from sickness and death. Even if no one dies from Coronavirus, we all will die from somthing else or other one day.
If we reflect like that on death ('maraṇussati'), we understand what a unique opportunity the Buddha has opened up for us: Complete freedom from sickness, death and rebirth!
If we reflect like that, we feel strong motivation, even enthusiasm for our Dhamma practice.