At a talk with the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV), Ajahn talks about the death and dying, and mentions about the importance of dying well so that one doesn’t return to samsara.

Ajahn started with a story about a fellow monk, who almost died from typhoid from the Northeast of Thailand. The effect of the sickness affected the monk for 3-4 years after the illness, even after the monk went to Chithurst monastery in England, until the head monk gave the monk permission to die. The monk then miraculously improved, and is still alive and well. “When someone is really sick, one of the reasons they can’t recover is that they are trying so hard to recover, so hard that (the effort) was making them sick!” Ajahn advised that it is good to give permission to our loved one’s to die, at the end of their life.

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