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Advice On Dying: And Living a Better Life

Advice On Dying: And Living a Better Life

Written by Dalai Lama

Narrated by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.


Advice On Dying: And Living a Better Life

Written by Dalai Lama

Narrated by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.

ratings:
3/5 (1 rating)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743540919
Format:
Audiobook

Description

"Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in fife when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death").

The stages are described so vividly that we can imagine the process of traveling deeper into the mind, on the ultimate journey of transformation. In this way, His Holiness shows us how to prepare for that time and, in doing so, how to enrich our time on earth, die without fear or upset, and influence the stage between this life and the next so that we may gain the best possible incarnation. As always, the ultimate goal is to advance along the path to enlightenment. Advice on Dying is an essential tool for attaining that eternal bliss.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743540919
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (b. 1935) is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. For sixty years, he was the also the political leader of the Tibetan people, first from the Potala Palace in Lhasa and then helping his compatriots adapt to the modern world from his residence in northern India. An advocate for science, ethics, and harmony among people of different faiths, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and travels widely in support of Buddhism, the cause of Tibet, and human happiness.

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    I selected this book after losing both my father and my mother-in-law just a day apart this past summer. I had hoped that the experience would be similar to someone seeking the truth from a hermit living high up in the mountains. What is the purpose of life? And why do people have to die? Who better to seek these answers from than the Dalai Lama? Did this book answer all my questions? Yes... and no. Death is described as an inescapable event. One that we all must prepare for. Part of our day to day living must be the practice necessary so that we can meet death with our mind and soul ready for the next step. The book has an immense amount of 'technical' detail about what meditation practices to prepare oneself and for death ... and rebirth. Much of this was way, way over my head. But, the message that death is inevitable and not something that only happens next year, next month, or some time in the distant future was clear. The book has a strong message that we need to always be ready for our own death. But the question that was left unanswered for me is not how do we prepare for our own deaths, but the deaths of people we love.