Do you ever wish you had a manual for life? Something you could turn to for the answers on how to live a fulfilled, successful and happy life?
Religion and spirituality have long attempted to provide a roadmap for souls seeking a meaningful life. And the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, may just be one of the most important guides to living a better life. The book presents the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
When I first read the book 20 years ago, I was working with the dying and thought it would help me to support them, as well as myself later in life, when death became more of a possibility. But I soon discovered it is a book about the death of the unreal and is very much a book that helps you to truly live. It marked a turning point in my life, where I committed deeply to actually living a spiritual life instead of only having the concepts of one.
Happiness is Up to You.
While the aim of the book is to support people to die a good death and to help each of us experience a peaceful death that will lead to a positive next life, the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying also has many incredible teachings on how to live a happy life. It teaches us about the interplay of life and death and is a spiritual classic for all seekers on a path to living a full and happy life.
Sogyal Rinpoche’s book has been described as having the power to touch the heart and awaken the consciousness. In this tome he explores: the message of impermanence; evolution, karma and rebirth; as well as the nature of the mind and how to train the mind through meditation. The Tibetan Dzogchen master shows us how to follow a spiritual path in the modern world and provides wonderful teachings on the practice of compassion; along with ways of supporting the dying, including specific spiritual practices for you to use at the moment of death.