It is true that we can say everything is illusion, like a dream. But even a dream is real for us while we are sleeping. When we wake up we finally discover that everything we thought, saw and did was not real, but only a dream. In the same way life can be considered as a big dream, and death the moment we wake up.
--Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, From: The Mirror, Advice on the Presence of Awareness, Station Hill Press