The zen master is saying that what I am is no content.
Perception comes first.
He says that when the world is real I am unreal. When I am real the world is unreal.
Stacking wood in afternoon quiet
Grab fast to green wellies
Perhaps death is reality without object, without subject.
Hence, death is not a future event. It is a present released from any thought backward or forward -- only what is felt.
Here, and now, this.