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Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook
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Book + CD Set
December, 2006
$39.95 CAD
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Now in paperback with a new CD of guided instructions by the author, Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth offers clear explanations on the Buddhist teachings surrounding death and rebirth, including what to do for ourselves or others as we die—and after death has occurred.

What awaits us in the inevitable dying process, and how will we cope with the suffering and confusion that may arise? The centuries-old, vibrant Tibetan tradition of Buddhism offers inspiration, reassurance, and wise advice about death and dying, whether our own or that of our dear ones. Tulku Thondup presents the essence of these teachings in simplified language for the benefit of Western readers. The book’s features include:

ª  An overview of Tibetan teachings on the successive periods of human life: birth, death, and after death

ª  Remedies for healing the miseries that people may face in dying and death

ª  Buddhist teachings on why, where, and how we take rebirth in various realms

ª  Simple meditation prayers and important rituals for the dying and the dead, with explanations of the Tibetan texts

ª  How helpers and survivors can help the dying and the dead.

At the side of a dying or dead person, prayers come from the heart, uttered with our whole mind and body. The truth of life, its fragility, is naked before us. For the departed, all the structures of dignity, career, and earnings have unexpectedly collapsed. Even their most cherished body is humbled, lying cold, still, and motionless, with no breath—dead…

Sitting beside a deathbed, staring into the face of life’s fragility, leaves us no secure corner to hide. It is always a powerful wake-up call.

“A healing treasure from Tulku Thondup: a clear, complete, and compassionate guidebook to the journey through life, dying, death, and beyond. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, including Tibetan near-death experiences, he shows to what extent the quality of our life, death, and rebirth all depend upon the mind.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Among the other books by Tulku Thondup are The Healing Power of Mind and Boundless Healing.

Publisher’s Description: 

Buddhist teachings on facing death with openness and insight, from the author of The Healing Power of Mindnow in paperback with a CD of guided instructions by the author.

Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenmentyet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup wrote this guide to help us heal our fear and confusion about death and strengthen our practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help us realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joynot only for death and rebirth, but for this very lifetime. In simple language, he distills a vast range of sources, including scriptures, classic commentaries, oral teachings, and firsthand accounts. The book includes:

A CD of guided meditations

An overview of the dying process, the after-death bardo states, and teachings on why, where, and how we take rebirth

Accounts by Tibetan "near-death experiencers" (delogs), who returned from death with amazing reports of their visions

Ways to train our minds during life, so that at death, all the phenomena before us will arise as a world of peace, joy, and enlightenment

Simple meditations, prayers, and rituals to benefit the dead and dying

Advice for caregivers, helpers, and survivors of the dying

The paperback edition includes an audio CD providing guided instructions by the author on how to visualize Amitabha Buddha in the Pure Realm; how to receive his blessings; how to visualize transforming your body into light and sound at the time of death; how to share the blessings with compassion for all sentient beings; and how to rest in oneness. By becoming intimate with this practice while we're alive, we can alleviate our fear of death, improve our appreciation of this life, and prepare for death in a very practical way, while planting the seeds for rebirth in the Pure Land.

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