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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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Paperback Book
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HarperSan Francisco
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March, 1994
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9780062508348
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$24.99 CAD
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First published in 1993 and now in a 2002 revised and updated edition, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is “an extraordinary blessing: heartfelt, wise, practical, luminous—filled with inspiring stories, skillful teachings, and the great compassionate heart of the Buddha.” —Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

This textbook, which is rich and detailed enough to chew on fruitfully for a lifetime, gives practical instruction on how to live in the light of the greatest teacher of all—death. Sogyal Rinpoche, who belongs to the last generation of Tibetans who grew up among eminent masters of the Buddhist tradition and subsequently blended skillfully into the Western world, conveys an extraordinary wealth of helpful material here: on meditation, stages of dying, and simple yet powerful practices that anyone, whatever their religion or background, can do to transform their lives, prepare for death, and help the dying.

One of my oldest students, who has watched this book develop over the years, asked me not so long ago: “What in your heart of hearts do you really want to happen through this book when it is published?” The image immediately came into my mind of Lama Tseten, who as a boy I had seen dying, and of his calm and gentle dignity in death. I found myself saying: “I want every human being not to be afraid of death, or of life; I want every human being to die at peace, and surrounded by the wisest, clearest, and most tender care, and to find the ultimate happiness that can only come from an understanding of the nature of mind and of reality.”

The literal meaning of the Bardo Thodol, known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is actually “The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo.” And to hear these teachings is now possible with the tape set, which includes brief unpublished passages spoken by the author which help enhance our understanding of these teachings.

Highly recommended for careful listening at home, in solitude or with friends, or even for trips in the car. The cassettes will help anyone who is dealing with a death of a loved one or someone who is terminally ill. They offer stability and orientation as well as profoundly practical instruction in the art of facing death: be it our own or another’s. These tapes offer a sobering yet illuminating wakeup call and an education on:

ª       the true meaning of death

ª       grasping and impermanence

ª       the nature of mind

ª       mindfulness & meditation practices

ª       reincarnation & karma

ª       the bardos; karmic vision; egolessness

ª       choosing a master; guru yoga practice

ª       the innermost essence

ª       caring for the dying

ª       the practice of compassion

ª       spiritual help for the dying

ª       phowa practice; the process of death

ª       the moment of death

ª       description of the bardos

ª       rebirth; heart practice; universal process

A young woman loses her first child shortly after childbirth. She cries out to have the baby returned to life. After asking all her neighbours without success, an old wise man tells her that the Buddha is the only one who can give her what she wants. She goes to him, and the Buddha tells her that she must go to the town and find a mustard seed from a house that has not experienced death. Thankful and filled with hope, she begins the search.

She goes to the first house and they say someone has died there. The next house says yes, we have had deaths—four in recent memory. The third house echoes this. She goes on and on until by the end of the day she has visited every house in the town. She returns to the Buddha, and says, “I am beginning to understand the lesson you are trying to teach.”

Publisher’s Description: 

This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.

An acclaimed spiritual masterpiece, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of Tibetan tradition. The author delivers a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path. This jewel of Tibetan wisdom is the definitive new spiritual classic for our times.

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