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There's More to Dying than Death by [Hookham, Lama Shenpen]
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I have no doubt that all who read this book will find something valuable that they can carry with them. --Ringu Tulku

Lama Shenpen Hookham offers important insights from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition into aspects of existence often ignored in the West - how to prepare for death and how to approach care for the dying. --The Middle Way, August 2007

Lama Shenpen Hookham offers important insights from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition into aspects of existence often ignored in the West - how to prepare for death and how to approach care for the dying. --The Middle Way, August 2007

About the Author

Lama Shenpen Hookham has practised in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 30 years, both in India and here in her native Britain. With Khenpo Rinpoche her root teacher, she focuses on the Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings. She is the author of The Buddha Within and Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Windhorse Publications Ltd (22 Aug. 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093JCFWA
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This book grew out of one which Lama Shenpen wrote for her students on the practical aspects of helping people who are dying or have died, preparing for our own death, and the understanding underlying this advice. When she undertook to make this available to a wider audience who might have limited or no knowledge of Buddhism, she needed to say more about how Buddhists (of all varieties) view death, and most interestingly, how meditation helps in this understanding.

Lama Shenpen is in an excellent position to do this - being British but having trained traditionally within Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism, she teaches directly from her own personal understanding, in accessible terms with which we can easily connect. So the first couple of chapters are a great summary of her teaching, and show how her approach reaches us on a level where we recognise our own experience in her words.

Since she is keenly aware of the translation of "citta" as not just mind, but what we would call "heart", this highlights accurately the compassionate issues involved in dying and bereavement. Of course like any Buddhist book about death, it is also about how to live. Her account is not diluted for its wider readership, and takes into account the full implications of Emptiness and Buddha Nature.

It is a highly readable and useful guide for those not familiar with Buddhist views, and for those who are, an illuminating coverage of the issues from the Dzogchen / Mahamudra traditions, in the light of the Prajnaparamita Heart of Wisdom and the Tathagatagharba Buddha Nature sutras. This book is not about theory though, but about understanding and response.

I am a student of Lama Shenpen and clearly I am enthusing about this book, but I have tried to give information more than opinion. So I hope this review will have been helpful to you.
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A very clear and well written book that certainly does give a differet view of death and dying. Very thought provoking. I think non-Buddhists would find much of interest in it.
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Very informative and useful book to understand Tibetan views about dying, some useful practices especially if you are a Buddhist, encounter death in loved ones or in your work (nursing etc) or are just contemplative.
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This is my first death book recommended by Jan Parker who led the death retreat I attended.

I am about half way through but I have gained a lot of confidence from it. Not sure how it would be when my time comes but hopefully I manage to remember something from the book :)
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A very thoughtful guide
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