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Mind of Clear Light

Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
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September, 2004
ISBN:
9780743244695
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$21.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Realize the value of the human body with which you have been endowed, for it is the result of many past good causes. Appreciate the fact that teachings are available and ready to be implemented.

“Everyone dies, but no one is dead,” goes a Tibetan saying. In Mind of Clear Light, the Dalai Lama explains in some detail the deepening mental states through which the dying person passes and how to prepare for them. We go through these states each and every day when we go to sleep or end a dream, as well as during fainting, sneezing, or orgasm. He shows how to adjust attitudes and embrace virtuous thoughts to prepare for death, whether it is our own or that of a loved one. As he says, we must be familiar with the processes and practices of death so that, in moments of great physical or mental weakness, we may remain focused, virtuous, and resolute. Readers will discover the processes by which they can remove the obstacles interfering with a favorable death, adapt to the “Intermediate State between lives,” and progress to liberation or the best possible rebirth.

In the process, the Dalai Lama offers fresh perspectives on living mindfully and without regrets, including avoiding dangers such as procrastination, living with an untamed mind, falling under the mistaken belief of permanence, and being overly concerned with the superficialities of life.

Translator Jeffrey  Hopkins writes:

Drawing from a wide range of traditions and experiences to explain the text, His Holiness discussed in vivid detail the structure of Buddhist depth psychology as well as the process of dying and the period after death and before the next life. He described how competent yogis manifest the profound levels of mind for spiritual transformation. He spoke movingly about the value of being mindful of death, the ways to do so, how to overcome fear while dying and also in the intermediate state between lives, and how to help others who are dying. His teachings are the heart of this book.

Publisher’s Description: 

"Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death").

The stages are described so vividly that we can imagine the process of traveling deeper into the mind, on the ultimate journey of transformation. In this way, His Holiness shows us how to prepare for that time and, in doing so, how to enrich our time on earth, die without fear or upset, and influence the stage between this life and the next so that we may gain the best possible incarnation. As always, the ultimate goal is to advance along the path to enlightenment. Advice on Dying is an essential tool for attaining that eternal bliss. "Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death").

The stages are described so vividly that we can imagine the process of traveling deeper into the mind, on the ultimate journey of transformation. In this way, His Holiness shows us how to prepare for that time and, in doing so, how to enrich our time on earth, die without fear or upset, and influence the stage between this life and the next so that we may gain the best possible incarnation. As always, the ultimate goal is to advance along the path to enlightenment. Advice on Dying is an essential tool for attaining that eternal bliss.

 

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