Death has to be final

A colleague of mine sent me a psychological study today that compares the beliefs of monastic and lay Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Atheists around existential fear and generosity. ‘Astonishingly’, the article says, the monastic Buddhists evidenced the most fear of death, and also the least generosity in a thought experiment that offered them six months more life or a stranger far longer. From the contemplative perspective, is this in fact such a surprise? I’ve reflected on my own beliefs and experiences around death.

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