For example, we learn so much at the university or when we explore places. We learn so much in the world, for example, from Western science—not Buddhist science, but Western science—but on the day when we die, at the hour, at the moment of death, all this has to be left. None of this has any benefit at the time of death, when our consciousness separates from our body. There is not one single benefit from all this education. However many degrees we have, however famous we are, there is not one single benefit in that at the time of death and also it has no benefit for future lives. It’s very important to remember this, to always be habituated in this way of thinking and watching our mind.
--Lama Zopa Rinpoche
from An Introduction to Buddhism