The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - WikipediaWhen I first came to the West, I was shocked by the contrast between the attitudes to death I had been brought up with and those I now found. For all its technological achievements, modern Western society has no real understanding of death or what happens in death or after death. I learned that people today are taught to deny death, and taught that it means nothing but annihilation and loss. That means that most of the world lives either in denial of death or in terror of it. Even talking about death is considered morbid, and many people believe that simply mentioning death is to risk wishing it upon ourselves.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead A Way of Life
How did this Tibetan guide to dying sell three million copies?
What is it I hope for from this book? To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death and care for the dying, And the whole way we look at life, and care for the living. All rights reserved. May this book be a guide to liberation, read by the living, and to the dying, and for the dead. May it help all who read it and spur them on their journey to enlightenment!
In his foreword to the book, the 14th Dalai Lama says:. In this timely book, Sogyal Rinpoche focuses on how to understand the true meaning of life, how to accept death, and how to help the dying, and the dead Death and dying provide a meeting point between the Tibetan Buddhist and modern scientific traditions. I believe both have a great deal to contribute to each other on the level of understanding and practical benefit. Sogyal Rinpoche is particularly well placed to facilitate this meeting; having been born and brought up in the Tibetan tradition, he has received instructions from some of our greatest Lamas. Having also benefited from a modern education and lived and worked in the West, he has become well acquainted with Western ways of thought. According to Daniel Goleman , Rinpoche was already planning to write a book on living and dying in the late s.
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Please refresh the page and retry. I nstruction manuals on dying do not normally make bestsellers; books on Tibetan Buddhism and I speak from experience even less so. But since its publication 25 years ago, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has sold more than three million copies. Written by a Tibetan lama named Sogyal Rinpoche, it might be described as a guidebook to a good life, and a good death. Clinicians, hospice workers and psychologists have applauded it for the comfort it has given to the terminally ill. It is based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, an ancient mortuary text properly called the Bar do thos grol, which would be read aloud to a dying or dead person, and describes the process of death and rebirth in three stages, or bardos.
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