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The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying
By Sogyal Rinpoche, Patrick Gaffney, and Andrew Harvey
The revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher Sogyal Rinpoche hopes 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."
This book gives a lucid interpretation of Buddhist teachings about how our perspective on death depends on our perspective on life. If we do not approach our life with calmness and compassion, how can we hope to face death in that way?
The author draws upon teachings from his master, other Tibetan Buddhist leaders and ancient Tibetan texts such as the Book Of The Dead. To these traditional sources he adds a keen understanding of the Western psyche. He speaks in a clear voice that anyone can understand.
Spiritual insights often cross religious lines, and this book goes beyond it's Buddhist roots by teaching universal wisdom. This is one of those books you may enjoy reading a few pages at a time just because the insights are so thought-provoking.
Table of Contents
- By Dalai Lama
- Pt. 1. Living
- 1. In the Mirror of Death
- 2. Impermanence
- 3. Reflection and Change
- 4. The Nature of Mind
- 5. Bringing the Mind Home
- 6. Evolution, Karma, and Rebirth
- 7. Bardos and Other Realities
- 8. This Life: The Natural Bardo
- 9. The Spiritual Path
- 10. The Innermost Essence
- Pt. 2. Dying
- 11. Heart Advice on Helping the Dying
- 12. Compassion: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel
- 13. Spiritual Help for the Dying
- 14. The Practices for Dying
- 15. The Process of Dying
- Pt. 3. Death and Rebirth
- 16. The Ground
- 17. Intrinsic Radiance
- 18. The Bardo of Becoming
- 19. Helping after Death
- 20. The Near-Death Experience: A Staircase to Heaven?
- Pt. 4. Conclusion
- 21. The Universal Process
- 22. Servants of Peace
- Appendix 1: My Teachers
- Appendix 2: Questions about Death
- Appendix 3: Two Stories
- Appendix 4: Two Mantras
- Selected Bibliography