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The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying: A Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West Paperback – 7 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; New edition edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712671390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712671392
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Valuable and profound" (Yoga and Health)

"If you believe books can change lives, earmark this one" (Metro)

"One of the most helpful books I have ever read" (John Cleese)

"Marvellous - like all the great teachings, it is both simple and complex, and full of love and compassion" (Joanna Lumley) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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This runawy bestseller, hailed as a classic, is now available from Rider in B format, to coincide with the celebration of Rider`s 90th birthday.

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I disagree with the above review. You don't have to be close to someone who has died for this book to be of benefit. I was initially put off by the title, thinking it morbid, but what this book taught me was that we will all die sooner or later, so we better start dealing with it. Once I started to realise this it was a tremendously freeing feeling, which allowed me to live more in the present moment and make the most of my live. This book has had a huge impact on my life and if you have never considered your impermeance then it will help you enormously.
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The wider implications of the Tibetian book of the dead are explained in this inspiring, beautiful book. Written by a master of the Dzogchen school, the Tibetian Book of Living and Dying gives us an incredible view of life and death. Most importantly, it asks us to consider wisely, what will happen at the time of our death, and when those close to us die. It also offers advice for looking after the dying, and stresses the importance of peace at such times.
An extremely valuable book, if you can take the advice and wisdom to heart, it may well be priceless.
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Of all the books I have ever read, this is the only one that changed my life. I read this book twice and continue to refer to it because I am now taking courses at the Rigpa (Buddhist) Center. Anyone who is curious about Buddhist teachings will find this book very valuable. For people who are more serious about finding meaning in life and lasting happiness, it is extremely helpful.
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I found this book insightful and well explained. I had been interested in Buddhist philosophy for a while and was looking for a good introductory text. I found it in this book, which explains the fundamentals of Meditation and the Bardo teachings in language that is accessible to all.
There is also further commentary on the deeper implications of compassion in daily life and reference to further teachings that might be useful.
This book has changed a great deal about the way I lead my life. An excellent read.
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I read this book while soul-searching, and it was a break-through for me because, it explained to me the meaning of life that my own religion was unable to. It was my first book on buddhism, and it has made a big difference to my life and the way I think about life, and what the whole meaning of life is. This is a very good book, and as one of the other reviewers said - well worth reading for someone with an open mind.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm referring to the audio tape version of this book. Recently my mum passed away suddenly and I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I found great comfort in listening to the book. It gave me great comfort and I felt that I was able to help my mother's soul by carrying out the Phowa practice. I just wished that I'd prepared myself better as I actually bought the audio book many years ago but forgot about it. I have now also purchased the printed edition as well. I thoroughly recommend both the printed and audio versions of the book.
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Sogyal Rinpoche's language is easy to understand and speaks directly to the heart. His moving account of his own personal experiences with death makes sure that readers quickly identify with what is regarded in the West as a bit of a taboo subject. Not only does he expound on Buddhist or specifically Dzogchen philsophy but he gives clear poetical examples and metaphors that enable the reader to experience the mind of an elightened teacher. He offers much insight on meditation and on the experiences that result. This is one of those books that becomes a sort of close companion especially if one feels lost or unable to cope with death (and perhaps life as well). The practice of Tonglen is one which many people have found to be particularly good in restoring feelings of love and compassion - something which is often lacking in our lives!
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By A Customer on 8 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is the one of the most useful, inspiring, and powerful that I have come across. It is excellent for anyone without knowledge about buddhism and also for the experienced western buddhist. It is one of the best lucid and compelling explanations of the ancient Tibetan teachings that has ever come into the west. A whole world of knowledge is opened up to the reader that cannot fail to have a huge impact. Sogyal Rinpoche's teaching is inspiring, moving, and intriguing leaving one with no other option than to re-think the purpose of ones exsistence.
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