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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


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Sogyal Rinpoche was born in Tibet and raised by one of the most revered spiritual masters of this century, Jamyang Khyentse Choekyi Lodroe. With the Chinese occu-pation of Tibet, he went into exile with his master, who died in 1959 in Sikkim in the Himalayas. After university studies in Delhi and Cambridge, England, he acted as translator and aide to several leading Tibetan masters, and began teaching in the West in 1974. Rinpoche sees his life's task as transplanting the wisdom of the Buddha to the West by offering training in the vision set out in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This training can enable those who follow it to understand, embody, and integrate Buddhist teachings into their everyday lives. Rinpoche's reputation as an authority on the teachings associated with The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and his dialogue with leading figures in the fields of psychology, science, and healing make him a sought-after speaker at international conferences and lectures. He travels extensively, teaching in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, a network of Buddhist centers and groups around the world.


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying interprets Tibetan Buddhism and its views on the afterlife. "Fear of death and ignorance of the afterlife are fueling the destruction of our planet," asserts Rinpoche. Indeed, Western people are taught to deny and fear death. The wisdom of Buddha, however, states that life and death are one entity. Death is a mirror through which the whole of life is reflected. Rinpoche explains the Buddhist philosophy of death in simple yet dynamic terms and tells us how we can transform our lives, prepare for death, and help the dying by employing these beliefs. The underlying theme is that preparing for and accepting our finitude help us to live more responsible and productive lives. The text is ably read by Rinpoche and Lisa Brewer, Charles Tart, and Michael Toms. Recommended for academic libraries.-Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.

"Sogyal Rinpoche...has delivered the Tibetanequivalent of 'The Divine Comedy.' One could imaginethat this is what Dante might have written had he beena Buddhist metaphysician rather than a Christian poet." --"New York Times Book Review"Rinpoche's teachings have much to offer.... His down-to-earth tone, peppered with songs and poetry from Buddhist sages, takes away much of the intense fear of death and makes it seem like an old friend."--"Los Angeles Times"A magnificent achievement. In its power to touch the heart, to awaken consciousness, it is an inestimable gift."--"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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