Recently I read an article about a modern Pandora's Box invented by British scientists. It can be used for forecasting how long a person would live according to the state of a chromosome. But other people in the article said that the length of life depends on not only chromosome, but also many other reasons. It listed 9 kinds of sudden deaths in “Medicine Buddha Sutra”: 1 sickness that can't be treated or treated in wrong way. 2 to be executed because of crime 3 killedby evil spirits when hunting or drinking alcohol 4 killed by fire disaster 5 drowning 6 eaten by beast 7 falling down from cliff or high place 8 killed by poison(including wrong food or polluted food) 9 die because of no food or water. In fact, nowadays in TV news, these are always reported. Nobody can be sure he or she is not the next one! The life is full of uncertainty.
But at the same time the Pandora's Box reminds us to maintain the current life and be ready for death. For both of them, the same is to maintain the mind in a healthy state. It is also the way to be ready for after-death (next life).
The quality of current life, death and after-death all depend on the same conditions:
-Habitual thinking and actions: both the happiness and suffering in life are all caused by varied habitual thinking and actions, the death and after-death are just the consequences of past and current life.
-Stable mind: will cultivate peaceful life, will cause peaceful death and bring peaceful after-death.
-Loving kindness: can construct happy life, avoid sudden death and guide to better next life.
-Enlightenment: this is a special one, when you achieve in realizing “no self”, you are free from death, you are living in no birth and no death.
Of course, there are so many other conditions we can't control, but the mind is the vital cause! As narrated in the ancient Pandora's Box story, there's hope in the box besides the evils. That hope is your own mind.