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on 14 March 2015
The Dalai Lama, beautifully and clearly transmits the teaching on the Stages of death , this is not a book about death, it is a map of your death that can and will, if listened to correctly, cause the enlightened mind to open like a lotus. It is book that has the ability due to the Dalai lamas extensive powers of speech; to transcend the ages, cross centuries, and open the core of your heart and mind to new ways of seeing and being. For me, I am no longer afraid of Death, but see it as an opportunity, a doorway to myriad lands of newborn consciousness.. like the book states on its opening pages: "Everyone Dies; But No One Is Dead".
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on 21 September 2014
I respect the Dalai Lama very much but I'm sorry to say that this book is terrible. Firstly, Chinese-Tibetan politics are discussed. Although I feel for the plight of the Tibetans, this is not the topic of the book and it is inappropriate to shoe-horn this in. Secondly, and most concerning, is the pseudo-biological, ignorant, anachronistic mumbo jumbo used to describe the 'process of dying'. It appears that the Age of Enlightenment and 300 years of medical research have passed the Dalai Lama by.

The quotes speak for themselves: "At the center of the channel-wheels are drops, white on the top and red on the bottom, upon which physical and mental health are based. At the top of the head, the white element predominates, whereas at the solar plexus the red element predominates. These drops originate from the most basic drop at the heart, which is the size of a large mustard seed or small pea, and like the others, has a white top and red bottom. Since it lasts until death, this drop at the heart is called the "indestructible drop". The very subtle life-bearing wind dwells inside this drop: at death, all winds ultimately dissolve in it, at which point the clear light of death dawns." What does that even mean?!

I find the Buddhist practice of meditation and focus on mindfulness, compassion and knowledge to be very helpful and positive, but leave the pre-scientific twaddle in the past where it belongs.
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on 8 February 2010
The contents of this book are very positive--1) knowing that death will come one day for everyone 2)facing it and analysing it without fearing it 3)developing a good and proper understanding of death 4)most important of all, in my understanding, the book advises readers to cherish our precious human life in order to live a better life.
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on 27 March 2013
The book is "Divine" insight with details on coping in life.Worth the money!Do believe in what it says.You will survive.
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on 14 June 2016
Should be read in conjunction with other theological subjects. Good advice for a population obsessed with materialism!
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on 28 November 2013
I found it boring -it is NOT by the Dalai Lama, in my opinion, but by his American
Professor translator.
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on 7 September 2014
An interesting book
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