Reply to Yuan Kuang-shou, Layman Hain-yuan of Su-chou
The fear of death is due to not having awakened to fundamental birthlessness.
Fundamentally there is no birth, so how can there be death, and how can there be the fear of it?
But after all, it is not easy to awaken to birthlessness.
Right now you must devote yourself sincerely to buddha-rememberance. If you recite the buddha-name for a long time until your mind is unified and undisturbed, then you are sure to awaken.
Even if you do not awaken, the power of a life time of reciting the buddha-name will give you the knowledge when you face death that you are sure to be born in the Pure Land after you die. It will be as if you have wandered in other towns, and then gotten to return to your old home. Amitabha Buddha will reach down to lead you into the Pure Land. Your joy will be: boundless how could there be any fear?
~ Pure Land Teachinigs of Master Chu-hung
Well this gives me some consolation, the proverbial load of the mind. It also gives me a goal a “mind that is unified and undisturbed”. And even if I don’t make it as such I’ll be hedging my bets haha
“Amitabha Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, Amitabha Buddha”