This phrase from the ancient Buddhist teachings of Siddhartha Gautama is a reminder to live life to its fullest potential. It is a reminder that, while death can come at any time, if we have lived wisely and taken advantage of our opportunities then death is nothing to be feared. Instead, it should be embraced as part of the natural cycle of life and an opportunity for transformation or rebirth. Living wisely includes cultivating inner peace through mindfulness and meditation practices, being kind and compassionate towards others, pursuing knowledge and understanding, developing meaningful relationships with those around us, finding joy in small moments, taking care of our physical health, and showing appreciation for what we have. By living this way—in tune with our true selves—we can face whatever life brings us without fear. To live wisely is to live in the present moment, with a heart full of love and gratitude, and by doing so we can be confident that death will not be something to fear.
This teaching from the Buddha encourages us to make the most of our lives and find joy in each moment. It reminds us that, even when faced with death, we can still choose to live life fully and without fear. We are all capable of living wisely and may this reminder help you to do just that.