None of your assumptions about who you are, who you make-believe you are, or the labels you attach to yourself is the real ‘you’; it’s all guesswork. And it is this very guesswork – assumption, make-believe, labelling and so on – that creates the illusion of samsara. Although the world around you and the beings within it ‘appear’, none of it ‘exists’; it’s all a fabricated illusion. Once you fully accept this truth – not just intellectually but practically – you will become fearless. You will see that just as life is an illusion, so is death. Even if you cannot fully realize this view, becoming familiar with it will reduce your fear of death exponentially.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
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