Visuddhimagga VIII-38

Evaṃ catupañcālopasaṅkhādanamattaṃ avissāsiyo paritto jīvitassa addhāti evaṃ addhānaparicchedato maraṇaṃ anussaritabbaṃ.


Ñ(VIII,38): So short in fact is the extent of life that it is not certain even for as long as it takes to chew and swallow four or five mouthfuls.

This is how death should be recollected as to the limitedness of the extent.

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