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Feb 01

Seven Teachings from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

BookOfLifeFeatureLessons on How to Live and Die Well

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.

Sogyal Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher.

Sogyal Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher.

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.

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