Conquer the Fear of Death

The Art of Transcending the Flesh

Rais Tuluka


“Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.” — Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist

William Shakespeare, one of the most renowned playwrights and poets in history, often explored themes of life, mortality, and death in his works. While it is impossible to know Shakespeare’s personal beliefs with certainty, his writings provide insights into his contemplations on death.

Shakespeare frequently depicted death as a universal experience that touches all individuals, regardless of their status, power, or wealth. In works like “Hamlet” and “Macbeth,” he explores the inevitability and impartiality of death, suggesting that it is an intrinsic part of the human condition. Through his characters’ soliloquies and dialogues, he invites contemplation on the passage of time, the ephemeral nature of human achievements, and the importance of making the most of the present moment.

Characters like Hamlet and Macbeth grapple with existential questions and wrestle with their own mortality. These portrayals highlight the emotional complexities and psychological impact of contemplating death. From the “undiscovered country” in Hamlet’s famous soliloquy to the “sleep” metaphor used in many of his works, he used vivid imagery to evoke different perspectives and emotions related to death.

“People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anaïs Nin, The Diary Of Anaïs Nin, Volume Two

Fear of death is a natural human emotion and that it is okay to feel uneasy or anxious about the unknown. Seek knowledge about death and dying. Learning about different cultural beliefs, spiritual perspectives, and philosophical frameworks can offer alternative perspectives and insights into the nature of mortality. Understanding the universality of death and its place in the cycle of life can help alleviate fear.

Buddhist beliefs about death are rooted in the teachings of the Buddha, and they vary across different Buddhist traditions and cultures. However, there are some common themes and perspectives that can be found within Buddhism regarding death and the nature of existence. Here are a few key beliefs:

  1. Impermanence (Anicca): Buddhists generally believe in the impermanence of all things, including life itself. They recognize that everything in the…