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Arts of Contemplative Care
Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work
By: Cheryl A. Giles
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"The Arts of Contemplative Care" collects together in one volume the voices of pioneers in the widening field of "Contemplative Care"--an exciting new domain of vocational Buddhism informed by practices of compassion and meditation. This collection captures the richness and diverse practices of socially engaged Buddhism within the context of the fields of chaplaincy and ministry that until recently were dominated primarily by Judeo-Christian faith-traditions.
Bardo Guidebook
By: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
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Drawing from his infinite knowledge of the innermost Vajrayana teachings, the Tibetan master Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche presents in The Bardo Guidebook straightforward, direct instructions on how to deal with the four bardos.
Bardo Teachings, Lodro Lama
Bardo Teachings: The Way of Death and Rebirth
By: Lodro Lama
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"Lama Lodo presents a wealth of heretofore untranslated material.... This modest but carefully produced book is an extension of and complement to the Tibetan book of the Dead. "Bardo Teachings is remarkable because it reveals a significant portion of the secret tantric path. This is genuine tantra-not a potpourri of Western self-help instructions and fragments of Eastern thought. "Bardo Teachings is. . .a teaching on how to traverse the stages of death without fear. It is as true a guide to tantric Buddhism's view of life and death as can be found in print." San Francisco Chronicle.
Bardo: Interval of Possibility, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Teaching on Aspiration for Liberation in the Bardo, by Chokyi Wangchuk
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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche gives an exceptionally clear and lucid explanation of Aspiration for the Bardo, graciously giving the necessary time and attention to its more obscure points. His commentary, however, is not merely a bare description of the sequence of events in the process of dying and death, but is underscored throughout with the purpose and urgency of aspiration. We are clearly instructed on what to practice and how to train ourselves at every point of opportunity, in this very life "whether in the waking state or the dream state" and even within the interval experience itself.
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Bardo: Interval of Possibility, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Teaching on Aspiration for Liberation in the Bardo, by Chokyi Wangchuk (In Chinese)
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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche gives an exceptionally clear and lucid explanation of Aspiration for the Bardo, graciously giving the necessary time and attention to its more obscure points. His commentary, however, is not merely a bare description of the sequence of events in the process of dying and death, but is underscored throughout with the purpose and urgency of aspiration. We are clearly instructed on what to practice and how to train ourselves at every point of opportunity, in this very life—whether in the waking state or the dream state—and even within the interval experience itself.
KTD Publications, Febr 2007
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
By: Joan Halifax
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When Zen teacher Joan Halifax first started working with the dying, it didn't come easily or naturally for her. "Working so closely with death often scared me," she reports. "I was afraid I might get what the dying person had. When I recognized, however, that I already have what dying people have mortality I stopped being afraid of catching it."
Buddha Nature, Dalai Lama
Buddha Nature: Death and Eternal Soul in Buddhism
By: Dalai Lama
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Death and Eternal Soul in Buddhism
For the first time, the Dalai Lama presents views concerning the Self in Buddhism. In the process, he explains how Buddhist teachings differentiate the person and the eternal soul. At the same time, he explains his ideas of Nirvana. A fascinating synthesis of individuality and universality arises, one that could only be formed by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.
Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved
Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved: Global Perspectives
By: Jonathan Watts, Yoshiharu Tomatsu (Editors)
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Since its beginning, Buddhism has been intimately concerned with confronting and understanding death and dying. Indeed, the tradition emphasizes turning toward the realities of sickness, old age, and death - and using those very experiences to develop wisdom and liberating compassion. In recent decades, Buddhist chaplains and caregivers all over the world have been drawing on this tradition to contribute greatly to the development of modern palliative and hospice care in the secular world at large. Specifically Buddhist hospice programs have also been further developing and applying traditional Buddhist practices of preparing for death, attending to the dying and comforting the bereaved. Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved contains comprehensive overviews of the best of such initiatives, drawn from diverse Buddhist traditions, and written by practitioners who embody the best of modern contemplative hospice care programs practiced all over the world today.
Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations
Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations
By: Bryan Cuevas & Jacqueline Stone (Editors)
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In its teachings, practices, and institutions, Buddhism in its varied Asian forms has been--and continues to be--centrally concerned with death and the dead. Yet surprisingly "death in Buddhism" has received little sustained scholarly attention. The Buddhist Dead offers the first comparative investigation of this topic across the major Buddhist cultures of India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Tibet, and Burma. Its individual essays, representing a range of methods, shed light on a rich array of traditional Buddhist practices for the dead and dying; the sophisticated but often paradoxical discourses about death and the dead in Buddhist texts; and the varied representations of the dead and the afterlife found in Buddhist funerary art and popular literature. This important collection moves beyond the largely text- and doctrine-centered approaches characterizing an earlier generation of Buddhist scholarship and expands its treatment of death to include ritual, devotional, and material culture.
Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician
By: Shinman Aoki
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This is the true diary of a Buddhist mortician. His reflections on death and dying draw deeply on his faith as a Shin Buddhist, as well as on his appreciation of literature, poetry, and modern science.
Death and the Art of Dying In Tibetan Buddhism
By: Bokar Rinpoche
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Terrifying sounds are heard such as the din of a tumbling mountain, the crashing of storm waves on the ocean, the crackling noise of fire and the howling of wind. There again, we should not be afraid but rather think that these are only deluded, manifestations of our mind without real existence.
Bokar Rinpoche was born to a nomadic family in Western Tibet in 1940. Recognized as a reincarnation by the Sixteenth Karmapa, he studied at Bokar and Tsurphu Monasteries.He left Tibet at twenty and completed two three-year retreats under the guidance of Kaku Rinpoche.A remarkable Kagyu Meditation master, he teaches practice in Buddhist centers around the world snd conducts a meditation seminar for Westerns each year in India.His radiant peace of mind , ineffable love, and the refinement of his intelligence are signs of his great accomplishment. Through his profound wisdom and the clarity of his teaching, he helps anyone who wants to engage on the path of meditation.
Buddhism asserts that all beings live beyond the various fluctuations of this life. Death is merely a passage to rebirth in another realm such as the human world, a pure land or the flowering of the ultimate nature of the mind.. Using the wisdom available in Tibetan Buddhism, Bokar Rinpoche explains and guides us through the experience of death and beyond.
Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism
By: Lati Rinbochay
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his Highest Yoga Tantra text unfolds in minute detail the complex Tibetan Buddhist system of subtle physiology-providing a complete exposition of the channels, drops and winds which serve as foundations for consciousness. It is essential for the practice of the two stages of the path in Highest Yoga Tantra to have an understanding of the bases to be purified: death, intermediate state and rebirth.
Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
By: Delog Dawa Dolma
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The Tibetan Word Delog (DAY-loak) refers to one who has crossed the threshold of death and returned to tell about it. For Delog Dawa Drolma, a woman renowned as one of the great realization holders of Vajrayana Buddhism in this century, being a delog meant that she lay without any vital sign of breath, pulse, or warmth for five days. During that time the link between her mind and body was released and her consciousness journeyed to other realms of experience.
Dying with Confidence
Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death
By: Anyen Rinpoche
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In this book, Anyen Rinpoche gives practical information beneficial to those wanting to explore the depth of the teachings on dying skillfully, in accord with the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Encouraging readers to honestly look at both life and death, and to contemplate our impermanence deeply, the author shows us how to use the very process of dying to further our goal of enlightenment, compassion, and a wise and fulfilling life in the here-and-now.
Dying, Death and the Intermediate State
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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[...] The topic tonight will be a brief introduction into some aspects of the Buddhist teachigs pertaining to the inevitable experience of death. This topic has its foundations in the “four ultimate limitations”, which are: 1) birth and death are intrinsically related, in that birth is a necessary condition for the coming of death; 2) any rise in popularity, fame or renown is a correlative and necessary condition for a decline in popularity, fame or renown; 3) any meeting, gathering, or joining together must occur before separation or parting could consequently exist; and 4) material accumulation is a correlative and necessary condition for a loss and disintegration of material goods. These four ultimate limitations describe the nature of samsaric existance. [...]
Essential Journey  of Life and Death
Essential Journey of Life and Death, Volume 1: The Indestructible Nature of Body, Mind, and Speech
By: Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
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According to the Buddha, all sentient beings are naturally enlightened and have been pure since the beginning. However, due to a small mistake, a little grasping develops into ego-clinging and a cyclic state of delusion. The bardo is the interval from the beginning of delusion until we return to our primordial nature. All our wandering in between is the bardo. The Tibetan word 'bardo' can be translated as "in- between place" or "intermediate state," and the special teachings of Guru Padmasambhava describe six main bardos. However, until we reach enlightenment, everything we feel, know, and experience, is bardo phenomena. This will continue as long as we persist in clinging to the dualistic belief in the inherent existence of self and world. The bardos don't exist outside of us. They are the context of our experience. This is very important to understand. Don't think that you are only in the bardo at certain times. As long as we are trapped by ego-clinging and attachment, we're in the bardo. Even highly realized beings and great practitioners arise within this process, but they are already awake so they don't make false distinctions between the bardo and pristine awareness. They understand that everything that appears is a display of primordial wisdom. Since we all have buddha-nature and inherent wisdom, why can't we do as they did? We need to apply ourselves diligently and engage in our practice fearlessly. 73 Photos and Illustrations; Glossary; Includes entire practice text of "Self-Liberated Mind" by Katok Padmamati
Facing Death and Finding Hope
Facing Death and Finding Hope
By: Christine Longaker
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"Facing Death and Finding Hope is an ideal and much-needed guidebook for caregivers, friends, and family of the dying. I have known Christine Longaker for eighteen years, during which time she has studied the Buddhist teachings with me. The courses and training she gives, for which she now has a considerable reputation, are exceptional in that they blend her very real experience of hospice work with the insights she has gleaned from her study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
Good Life, Good Death
By: Gehlek Rimpoche
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One of the last reincarnated lamas to be educated in Tibet shares hard-won wisdom on life, death, and what comes after

Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we get there? Many have asked these questions, and many have attempted to answer them. But there is another question Good Life, Good Death asks us to contemplate: how does the idea of life after death affect how we live our lives? Gehlek Rimpoche tells stories of the mystical Tibet he lived in, as well as the contemporary America he is now a citizen of, and shares the wisdom of the great masters. He asks us to open our minds and see if we can entertain a bigger picture of life after life, even for a moment.
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die
By: Blackman, Sushila
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Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places deathùand lifeùin a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity.
Heart Advice for Death and Dying
Heart Advice for Death and Dying (Book + MP3 CD)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with audio course by Kathleen McDonald
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In our busy modern lives, we may not give much thought to death. We fear that thinking about death will take the joy out of living. But in reality, when we actively think about death and prepare for it, we find peace, fulfillment, and happiness in our current lives and our fear of death disappears.

The Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given profound and accessible teachings on death and dying for many years. Recently, he asked that these teachings be made available so that all students--beginner to advancedhave access to this most essential advice for this crucial time of transition from one life to the next. Heart Advice for Death and Dying contains Lama Zopa Rinpoche's essential advice for the time of death and for finding the deepest fulfillment in life. The MP3 disc that accompanies this book contains an audio course consisting of eleven hours of exquisite teachings and meditations on death and dying led by Kathleen McDonalda senior American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism well known for her gentle yet profound teaching style.

"Here is a technique for making your life always happy, but not in the usual kind of hallucinated happiness which is excited with desire, pride, and so on. As soon as you investigate the nature of this kind of hallucinated happiness, you discover that it is only suffering. Here we are talking about real inner peace and happiness, which bring satisfaction and fulfillment, and make your life meaningful. "Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Brian Cuevas
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Over the years, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has inspired numerous commentaries, an illustrated edition, a play, a video series, and even an opera. Translators, scholars, and popular devotees of the book have claimed to explain its esoteric ideas and reveal its hidden meaning. Few, however, have uttered a word about its history. Bryan J. Cuevas seeks to fill this gap in our knowledge by offering the first comprehensive historical study of the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo, and by grounding it firmly in the context of Tibetan history and culture.
Illuminating Sunshine: Buddhist Funeral Rituals of Avalokiteshvara   Padma Trinley ( Padma 'phrin-las )
Illuminating Sunshine: Buddhist Funeral Rituals of Avalokiteshvara
By: Padma Trinley ( Padma 'phrin-las )
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Apart from the prayers stemming from the well-known Tibetan Book of the Dead, there is a remarkable lack of ritual material available in the Western world for those who wish to perform a Buddhist funeral.
This gap has now been filled by a welcome new publication from Wandel Verlag:


According to our author Padma 'phrin-las (1641-1718), disciple of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and fourth incarnation of the gter-ston Rig-'dzin rgod-ldem, there are three main stages in the care of those who have come to the end of their lives. These consist of facilitating the transference of consciousness (pho ba) at the moment of death, performing postmortem rituals in order to guide the deceased along pathways of escape from the six modes of unhappy rebirth in samsara, and cremating the corpse with due dignity. Associated rites include prayers of good wishes for the deceased to be reborn in the pureland of Amitabha's Blissful Paradise (Sukhavati), and the casting of small votive images (tsha tsha) from any fragments of bone that may remain after the cremation has been completed. Taken as a whole, such rites are designed to ensure that the good karma of the deceased is used to maximum effect so that he or she may be liberated from bondage to an endless cycle of confusion and pain, obtaining instead the three kaya of an awakened being.
All the relevant texts have been gathered together in the present volume, which thus contains a full set of instructions for those who find themselves called upon to care for the Buddhist dead. Together with the Tibetan texts and English translations, this book contains transliterated prayers that may be chanted with greater ease on such solemn occasions, with full explanations of how to perform a full Buddhist funeral ceremony, by either burial or cremation.
May this work bring happiness and comfort to the living, as well as blissful liberation to the deceased!

Illustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Hodge, Stephen
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A New and Strikingly Illustrated Translation of the Ancient Tibetan Masterpiece
"Death is not what it seems: casting off our old bodies like worn out clothes, it can be a great opportunity and source of power."
Filled with knowledge of death, the afterlife, and rebirth, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the foremost spiritual works in the history of mankind. But up until now, only those with a lifetime of training in Buddhism could fully understand the book's teachings.
Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death
By: Karma Lekshe Tsomo
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A fascinating look at Buddhist, especially Tibetan, views of death and their implications for a Buddhist bioethics.

This book explores the Buddhist view of death and its implications for contemporary bioethics. Writing primarily from within the Tibetan tradition, author Karma Lekshe Tsomo discusses Buddhist notions of human consciousness and personal identity and how these figure in the Buddhist view of death. Beliefs about death and enlightenment and states between life and death are also discussed. Tsomo goes on to examine such hot-button topics as cloning, abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, organ donation, genetic engineering, and stem-cell research within a Buddhist context, introducing new ways of thinking about these highly controversial issues.
Journey of the Mind, Putting the Teachings on the Bardo into Effective Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Putting the Teachings on the Bardo into Effective Practice
"Just as the appearances of this life are produced by states of mind, so are the appearences in the bardo and the appearances in one's future lives produced by states of mind.
Lessons from the Dying
Lessons from the Dying
By: Smith, Rodney
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In "Lessons from the Dying," Rodney Smith makes a meaningful offering to all of us interested in freedom. Drawing on an unusually rich array of experience, Rodney clearly elucidates the wisdom drawn from both his years as a Buddhist practitioner and monk and his long involvement in the hospice movement. Each of these deep wellsprings of his life enriches the other and finds expression in this helpful and inspiring book.
Rodney skillfully guides us through the subtleties and nuances of our own assumptions, hopes and fears. He shows the possibility of living and dying with an open heart. "Lessons from the Dying" is a wise and gentle reminder of what faces us all, a reminder that death is the great mystery that illuminates life.
Letters to a Dying Friend
By: Grosz, Anton
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Helping Those You Love Make a Conscious Transition
Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

When Anton Grosz's friend Peter died -- suddenly, much too young, while jogging with his dog Max -- Grosz was struck by how little prepared Peter had been to make a conscious exit.
These letters are what Grosz would have told him, if he had had the chance, about the process of dying and what comes next.
Life in Relation to Death
By: Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
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This book provides brief but profound instructions on preparing for death. Because it is short and accessible, it has been read by a wide range of people, many of whom have commented that it is a book they feel comfortable giving to their elderly parents or to friends who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Living in the Face of Death
Living in the Face of Death: The Tibetan Tradition
By: Mullin, Glenn
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Where Western society views death as the last taboo, the Tibetan tradition incorporates meditation on death into everyday life. Tibetan Buddhists believe that a conscious awareness of one's own impermanence allows a person to live a happy, fulfilled life.
Over the centuries the Tibetans have developed a wide-ranging literature on death, including inspirational poetry and prose, prayers, and practical works on care for the dying.
Presented here are nine Tibetan texts. Important writings by the Second, Seventh, and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas, and by Karma Lingpa, author of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, are included. Topics such as meditation techniques to prepare for death, inspirational accounts of the deaths of saints and yogis, and methods for training the mind in the transference of consciousness at the time of death.
Detailed notes and a bibliography of the translated texts are included
Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive
By: Rosenberg, Larry
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Growing older, getting sick, and dying are tough subjects we usually like to avoid - even if we've admitted to ourselves that they're inevitable. The Buddhist practice of maranasati, or death awareness, helps us to confront these hard realities head-on, as a paticularly powerful means of liberating ourselves from the attachments that cause us to suffer.
This book is the fruit of Larry Rosenberg's years of practicing and teaching death awareness.
Luminous Emptiness: A Guide to the Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Fremantle, Francesca
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In Luminous Emptiness, Francesca Fremantle presents the classic Tibetan Book of the Dead not as a scripture to be read to the dying but a guide to the living. [...]

By guiding the reader through the concepts upon which the text is based, the terms it uses, and the imagery it contains, Fremantle relates its world of symbols to our everyday mental and emotional experiences. The five deities of different colors that represent the five styles of wisdom and confusion, the symbolic sexual union of deities, the peaceful and wrathful deities that represent different states of mind - all are encountered in the process of dying. By looking closely at these vivid and extraordinary images of Tibetan Buddhism, Fremantle guides us toward an understanding of that mysterious tradition
Making Friends with Death
Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
By: Lief, Judith
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A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
This book guides us in exploring our relationship to our own mortality and also working with the dying. Judith Lief offers practical exercises for deepening awareness and appreciation of change; practices for cultivating kindness; as well as contemplation slogans and caregiver guidelines, drawn from the Buddhist tradition, to help us discover ways of living more openheartedly and with less fear.

Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss
Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead
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In Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss, Graham Coleman, the editor of Viking's acclaimed unabridged translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, collects the most beautifully written passages, ones that draw out the central perspectives most relevant to modern experience: What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement?
Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss
Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead
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With an introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss is a compilation of essential writings from the first complete translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, whose visionary perspective on living, dying, and loss is one of the most inspirational in world literature. These selections address becoming more aware of our psychological habits; our understanding of the process of dying and the nature of the after-death state; and the challenge of bereavement. Drawing on his experience of loss and his knowledge of contemporary near-death research, editor Graham Coleman illuminates this ancient text's secrets, revealing the immense creativity that expanding our insight into the relationship between living and dying can bring.
Mind Beyond Death
By: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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An indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death, Mind Beyond Death weaves a synthesis of wisdom remarkable in its scope. With warm informality and profound understanding of the Western mind, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos--the intervals of life, death, and beyond--completely available to the modern reader.

Mind Beyond Death
By: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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An indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death, Mind Beyond Death weaves a synthesis of wisdom remarkable in its scope. With warm informality and profound understanding of the Western mind, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos--the intervals of life, death, and beyond--completely available to the modern reader.

Natural Appearances, Natural Liberation
Natural Appearances, Natural Liberation: A Nyingma Meditative Guide on the Six Bardos of Living and Dying
By: Master Tam Shek-wing
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This commentary is based on the six bardos teachings from a series of hidden treasure texts known as the Profound Dharma of Natural Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones (Zab chos zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol), discovered by the great terton Karma Lingpa in the fourteenth century. The word "bardo," made popular in the West through the English translation of the Bardo Thodol or The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which also belongs to the same series of treasure texts, means an intermediate or in-between state. The practice of the six bardos, according to the hermeneutics of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, is essentially the meditative practice of living and dying.Natural Appearances, Natural Liberation not only contains very practical advice, but also hasmany teachings of the Nyingma tantric tradition embedded in it. The original text is not intended as a study of spiritualism or psychology. Neither is it intended to be viewed as handbook for taking care of the deceased, nor as a treatise on emptiness. The intention is to condense the very deep and profound tantric teachings of the six bardos into practices approachable by all sentient beings so that many can swiftly attain various states of liberation. This book offers a scholarly but accessible explanation of the ancient wisdom embedded in this ancient Buddhist classic.Tam Shek-wing (1935-) is a Buddhist scholar, painter, poet, writer and social critic. He is the founder of the Vajrayana Buddhism Association and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America.Master Tam was born in Guangzhou, China. As a young man, he received systematic training in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.In 1986, Master Tam emigrated from Hong Kong to Hawaii, and then to Toronto in 1993. As early as the late 1970s, Master Tam began publishing writings on Buddhism, with an emphasis on the teachings and meditative practice in Vajrayana Buddhism.To establish Sino-Tibetan Buddhist studies as a legitimate field in Buddhology, Master Tamhelped organize publication of the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. Thepublished works sparked interest in establishing new curricula in Buddhist Studies in a numberof universities in China, including Renmin University of China in Beijing, Zhejiang Universityin Hangzhou, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, and Nanking University in Nanjin. Since2008, Master Tam has been a visiting professor at these universities, where he lectures on thetathagatagarbha doctrine and its practice.
Natural Liberation
Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos
By: Padmasambhava / Gyatrul Rinpoche
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In this remarkable Buddhist book, you will encounter rare teachings on
how to turn each phase of life into a chance to experience an uncontrived and natural liberation. In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. Through the practical instructions in this book, you will learn how to enter into a profound and spontaneous state of freedom in all your activities.
This book contains a unique text written by the Indian meditation master Padmasambhava and dictated to his Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal. It is accompanied by a lucid commentary by the contemporary Tibetan Buddhist teacher Gyatrul Rinpoche.
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Comforting Wisdom for Life
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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"Our biggest fear," says poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "is that we will become nothing when we die. If we think that we cease to exist when we die, we have not looked very deeply at ourselves."
Overview of the Bardo Teachings  By: Thrangu Rinpoche
Overview of the Bardo Teachings
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This is a brief look at the bardo, (in between state of one life and the next) in which Rinpoche describes the bardo of Dharmata and then goes through what happens to one, and what one sees during the first twelve days (or phases) following death.
He then explains the Bardo of Becoming in which one exchanges our old existence for a new one. Rinpoche gives descriptions and examples of the appearances that arise and the choices at each stage for liberation in the Buddha realms or further samsaric rebirth. Included is a chart detailing the characteristics of each Buddha family and the bardo day they appear along with several bardo prayers.

Pacifying Burning Offering Ritual of Vajrayogini
Pacifying Burning Offering Ritual of Vajrayogini
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with audio course by Kathleen McDonald
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The practice of Vajrayogini, there are three aspects: empowerment, approximation, activity. Upon receiving four empowerments, a disciple of Vajrayogini is invested with the permission and transmission of energy from ones guru to engage in Vajrayogini's path of practice. The seeds of four buddha-bodies have been planted in the disciples mental continuum to eventually ripen into the actual enlightened bodies of Vajrayogini  perhaps even in this lifetime! One then engages in nearing retreat of enabling action, practicing generation, completion stages of Vajrayogini. Thus coming nearer to attainment of Vajrayogini's enlightenment itself. Upon completion of nearing retreat the disciple performs pacifying burning offering. The purpose of purifying what was missing, extra or mistakenly done during nearing retreat. Completing nearing retreat of Vajrayogini, disciple is able to go on to engage in Vajrayoginis extensive activities such as self-initiation and so on. Second volume of FPMT's Vajrayogini practice series, all instructions, practice materials for performing Vajrayogini's pacifying burning offering are provided for those who have completed the mantra recitations of Vajrayoginis nearing retreat for enabling actions. Contents: -Dedication -Introduction -About Burning Offering Rituals Gathering, Preparing Substances, Implements -How to Construct a Fire Offering Hearth -How to Draw Vajrayogini Fire Offering Mandala Design -Arranging Offerings, Materials on Day of Burning Offering -Fulfilling Wish for Attainments -Subsequent Activities -Supplementary Text on Requesting, Purifying, Blessing Site -Using Astrology to Determine Location of Sage Fire Deity -How to Perform Hand Gestures (Mudras) for Burning Offering Ritual -Stencils for Drawing Burning Offering Hearth -Pledge Substances of Highest Yoga Tantra Bibliography,
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Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth, A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook (Paperback+CD)
By: Tulku Thondup
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Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenment—yet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup wrote this guide to help us heal our fear and confusion about death and strengthen our practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help us realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joy—not only for death and rebirth, but for this very lifetime. In simple language, he distills a vast range of sources, including scriptures, classic commentaries, oral teachings, and firsthand accounts.
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth, A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook
By: Tulku Thondup
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Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenment—yet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup wrote this guide to help us heal our fear and confusion about death and strengthen our practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help us realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joy—not only for death and rebirth, but for this very lifetime. In simple language, he distills a vast range of sources, including scriptures, classic commentaries, oral teachings, and firsthand accounts.
Preparing to Die
Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
By: Andrew Holecek
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We all face death, but how many of us are actually ready for it? Whether our own death or that of a loved one comes first, how prepared are we, spiritually or practically? In Preparing to Die, Andrew Holecek presents a wide array of resources to help the reader address this unfinished business.

Part One shows how to prepare ones mind and how to help others, before, during, and after death. The author explains how spiritual preparation for death can completely transform our relationship to the end of life, dissolving our fear and helping us to feel open and receptive to letting go in the dying process. Daily meditation practices, the stages of dying and how to work with them, and after-death experiences are all detailed in ways that will be particularly helpful for those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism and in Tibetan approaches to conscious dying.

Part Two addresses the practical issues that surround death. Experts in grief, hospice, the funeral business, and the medical and legal issues of death contribute chapters to prepare the reader for every practical concern, including advance directives, green funerals, the signs of death, warnings about the funeral industry, the stages of grief, and practical care for the dying.

Part Three contains heart-advice from twenty of the best-known Tibetan Buddhist masters now teaching in the West. These brief interviews provide words of solace and wisdom to guide the dying and their caregivers during this challenging time.

Preparing to Die is for anyone interested in learning how to prepare for death from a Buddhist perspective, both spiritually and practically. It is also for those who want to learn how to help someone else who is dying, both during the time of illness and death as well as after death.
Primordial Essence Manifests
Primordial Essence Manifests
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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Teachings on the six bardos and the book 'Bardo Thodrol', commonly translated as 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' by Padmasambhava. The book includes teachings on the five strengths.
Radiance of Possibility Within Bardo
Radiance of Possibility Within Bardo
By: Lopon Kalsang Dorje
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This book reflects the nature of the four bardo which embrace the whole existence of life and death. The possibility that the four bardo holds and the four types of practice to be applied on this four bardo to achieve the four kayas, enlightened body. It encourages the reader not to live in the world of fascination, both wordly and spiritual, but to live in the reality of the dharma and not in the fascinating daydream of spiritualism.
Sacred Passage
Sacred Passage:How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying
By: Coberly, Margaret
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A nurse draws on a teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and on thirty years of personal experience to offer practical advice on the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of caring for the dying.
Readers learn:
- How the terminally ill can experience emotional and spiritual healing even when they can't be cured
- Techniques for promoting a peaceful environment for the dying and their loved ones
- Useful resources from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition on facing death with honesty, courage, and compassion
- What to expect during the dying process and how to meet changing needs
- How to appreciate the special opportunities for inner growth that become available as death approaches.
Secret Doctrines of the Tibetan Books of the Dead
By: Lauf, Detlef Ingo
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The Tibetan Books of the Dead are a diverse collection of Buddhist scriptures that yield valuable insight into the psychology of death and dying and suggest the importance of meditative practice and knowledge as tools for self-understanding. This in-depth study of this rich body of Buddhist literature details the Tibetan Buddhist belief in the bardos, or intermediate states, and serves as an illuminating companion volume to The Tibetan Book of Dead.
Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists
By: R. Desjarlais
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Robert Desjarlais's graceful ethnography explores the life histories of two Yolmo elders, focusing on how particular sensory orientations and modalities have contributed to the making and the telling of their lives. These two are a woman in her late eighties known as Kisang Omu and a Buddhist priest in his mid-eighties known as Ghang Lama, members of an ethnically Tibetan Buddhist people whose ancestors have lived for three centuries or so along the upper ridges of the Yolmo Valley in north central Nepal.
The Skill in Means Sutra
Skill In Means Sutra
By: Mark Tatz (Tr)
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This rare sutra, ancient but timely has long been treated with circumspection because of its liberal attitude toward sexuality and other ethical concerns. One of the original statements of the early Mahayana school, it is here collated from Chinese and Tibetan translations, and from passages that remain in the original Sanskrit.  Originally part of a larger sutra on the six perfections that included the well known Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, the Skill in Means Sutra explicates the other five perfections of the Bodhisattva.
Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying
Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying
By: The Dalai Lama
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An exploration of Consciousness with The Dalai Lama
This book is the account of a historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and one of the foremost representatives of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around the three key moments of consciousness of sleep, dreams, and death-what internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Francisco Varela calls the ego's shadow zones-the conversations recorded here took place at the fourth Mind and Life Conference in Dharamsala, India. With contributions from acclaimed voices such as philosopher Charles Taylor, psychoanalyst Joyce McDougall, psychologist Jayne Gackenbach, cultural ecologist Joan Halifax, and neuroscientist Jerome Engel, the book is both engrossing and highly readable.
There's More to Dying than Death: A Buddhist Perspective
By: Lama Shenpen Hookham
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There's More to Dying than Death draws on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of positively preparing for death throughout one's life. Lama Shenpen Hookham offers Westerners like herself a warm, readable and heartfelt exposition on the issues that surround death and caring for the dying, including:

  • How meditation helps us understand death.
  • The stages of death and rebirth.
  • How the living can help the dead or dying.
  • Practical planning for one's own death.

There's More to Dying than Death is of great interest to anyone seeking a spiritual perspective on death and a deeper experience of being truly alive.
This Is Getting Old: Buddhist Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
This Is Getting Old: Buddhist Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
By Susan Moon
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In this intimate and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. Among the pieces she has included  here are an essay on the gratitude she feels for her weakening bones; observations on finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret the past; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness; appreciation for the inner tomboy; and celebratory advice on how to regard "senior moments" as opportunities to be in the here and now.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
By: Sogyal Rinpoche
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This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.
Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Fremantle, Francesca and Chogyam Trungpa
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In this classic scripture of Tibetan Buddhism - traditionally read aloud to the dying to help them attain liberation - death and rebirth are seen as a process that provides an opportunity to recognize the true nature of mind. This translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living. The insightful commentary by Chogyam Trungpa, written in clear, concise language, explains what the text teaches us about human psychology.
Tibetan Book of the Dead
Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Evans-Wentz, W. Y.
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According to legend, this great work is one of the texts that the honored guru Padma-Sambhava concealed during his visit to Tibet in the late eighth century. Because Tibetans of that day and age were not yet prepared for such teachings, Padma-Sambhava was forced to hide his books in stones, lakes, and pillars. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume.
While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying as well as to the belief in life after death, The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison.
Tibetan Book of the Dead
Tibetan Book of the Dead
John Baldock
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead has its origins in the 'treasure texts' said to have been hidden away by Padmasambhava, the Lotus Guru, in Tibet in the 8th century AD so that they could be revealed at an appropriate later time.  As a funerary text and guide to the afterlife, The Tibetan Book of the Dead was read aloud to the dying or recently deceased so that they could recognize the true nature of the mind and thus attain enlightenment and liberation from the suffering associated with the endless cycle of death and rebirth.  If we too can recognize the true nature of the mind, each one of us can become enlightened. 

Sumptuously illustrated in full colour, this is a special collector's edition.
Tibetan Book of the Dead, (Pocket)
By: Fremantle, Francesca and Chogyam Trungpa
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In this classic scripture of Tibetan Buddhism - traditionally read aloud to the dying to help them attain liberation - death and rebirth are seen as a process that provides an opportunity to recognize the true nature of mind. This translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living. The insightful commentary by Chogyam Trungpa, written in clear, concise language, explains what the text teaches us about human psychology.
Tibetan Book of the Dead: An Illustrated Edition
Tibetan Book of the Dead: An Illustrated Edition
By: Glenn H. Mullin
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This is a fresh look at this timeless classic. It brings together a range of stunning images by the renowned photographer Thomas Kelly, with a contextual analysis and abridged translation by the ubiquitous Tibetologist Glenn H. Mullin. As such, the Bardo Todol is a relevant as a guidebook to daily(and nightly) living as it is to a successful death and transmigration.
Awakening upon Dying: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening upon Dying
By: Padmasambhava and Karma Lingpa
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying, with introductory commentary by Dzogchen Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, is a new translation of the ancient text also known as The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State. Both a practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual document, this new version incorporates recent discoveries that have allowed for a better translation of previously ambiguous passages.

Revealing a set of instructions designed to facilitate the inner liberation of the dead or dying person, the book provides a guide to navigating the bardo--the interval between death and rebirth. Originally composed by Padmasambhava, an important Indian master of the eighth century, the Tibetan Book of the Dead was concealed in Tibet until it was discovered in the fourteenth century by Karma Lingpa, a famous Tibetan terton (discoverer of ancient texts). Describing in detail the characteristics and fantastic visions of each stage beyond death, the book includes invocations to be read aloud to the dying person, to help his or her successful journey toward the stage of liberation.

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's introduction clarifies the texts from the Dzogchen point of view and provides a scholarly summary of the ancient material based on his oral teachings and written works. In addition, material from several of Namkhai Norbu's more recent written works and oral teachers have been added, including an essay on the four intermediate states after death entitled Birth, Life, and Death. A full-color 16-page insert of traditional Tibetan art highlights Tibet's unique aesthetic wisdom.
Tibetan Book of the Dead: Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
By: Thurman, Robert A. F.
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Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
The so-called "Tibetan Book of the Dead" has been renowned for centuries as a classic of Buddhist wisdom and religious thought. More recently, it has become highly influential in the Western world for its psychological insights into the processes of death and dying - and what they can teach us about the ways we live our lives. It has also been found to be helpful in the grieving process by people who have recently lost their loved ones.
Tibetan Book of the Dead: The cornerstone of Tibetan thought <br> Padmasambhava
Tibetan Book of the Dead: The cornerstone of Tibetan thought
Padmasambhava
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Padmasambhava, founder of the Tibetan school of Buddhism, dictated the Bardo Thodol to his wife.  The text, known in English as The Great Liberation through Hearing or The Tibetan Book of The Dead, is a guide to enlightenment after death, and freedom from the physical body.  The text was interred shortly after it was written, and lay buried for years. Known as a terma or treasure text, it was discovered generations after its interment by Padmasambhava's disciples, who began reading it aloud and meditating on its meaning.

Despite its name, The Tibetan Book of The Dead is not a guide to death. It is a guide to life.  A guide on how to live, how to move through the transitional stage between life and death, how to go beyond death and how to return through reincarnation.  There are several English translations of the text, most of them written using old fashioned phrases that are hard to understand.  This version is written in simpler English, and using contemporary terms, making the meaning much more accessible to the modern reader.

The Tibetan Book of The Dead is meant to be read aloud, in passages, and pondered over carefully.  Hearing the text and contemplating its meaning is a method of opening the mind to new ways of thinking and freeing the mind from conventional thoughts.  Ultimately, it can lead the attentive hearer to enlightenment.
Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation By Hearing In The Intermediate States
By: Padmasambhava
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One of the greatest works created by any culture and overwhelmingly the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a number of distinguished translations, but none encompassed the work in its entirety. Now, in one of the year's most important publishing events, the entire text has not only been made available in English but in a translation of quite remarkable clarity and beauty.
Tibetan Rituals of Death
Tibetan Rituals of Death: Buddhist Funerary Practices
By: Margaret Gouin
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This book describes and analyses the
structure and performance of Tibetan Buddhist death rituals, and
situates that performance within the wider context of Buddhist death
practices generally. Drawing on a detailed and systematic comparative
survey of existing records of Tibetan funerary practices, including
historical travel accounts, anthropological and ethnographic literature,
Tibetan texts and academic studies, it demonstrates that there is no
standard form of funeral in Tibetan Buddhism, although certain elements
are common.
Tibetan Rituals of Death: Buddhist Funerary Practices
Tibetan Rituals of Death: Buddhist Funerary Practices
By: Margaret Gouin
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This book describes and analyses the structure and performance of Tibetan Buddhist death rituals, and situates that performance within the wider context of Buddhist death practices generally. Drawing on a detailed and systematic comparative survey of existing records of Tibetan funerary practices, including historical travel accounts, anthropological and ethnographic literature, Tibetan texts and academic studies, it demonstrates that there is no standard form of funeral in Tibetan Buddhism, although certain elements are common.

The structure of the book follows the twin trajectories of benefiting the deceased and protecting survivors; in the process, it reveals a rich and complex panoply of activities, some handled by religious professionals and others by lay persons. This information is examined to identify similarities and differences in practices, and the degree to which Tibetan Buddhist funeral practices are consistent with the mortuary rituals of other forms of Buddhism. A number of elements in these death rites which at first appear to be unique to Tibetan Buddhism may only be Tibetan in their surface characteristics, while having roots in practices which pre-date the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.

Filling a gap in the existing literature on Tibetan Buddhism, this book poses research challenges that will engage future scholars in the field of Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Anthropology.

Transition and Liberation
Transition and Liberation
By: Tenga Rinpoche
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In this book Tenga Rinpoche, one of the great teachers and meditation masters of our time, introduces the six kinds of bardo, and gives instructions on how consciousness can be guided through each of these phases and liberated.
This teaching can be traced back to the Indian yogi Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet. It is taken from Karma Lingpa’s work, “The Peaceful and Wrathful Deities”.
Travels in the Netherworld: Buddhist Popular Narratives of Death and the Afterlife in Tibet
By: Bryan J Cuevas
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In Travels in the Netherworld , Bryan J. Cuevas examines a fascinating but little-known genre of Tibetan narrative literature about the delok , ordinary men and women who claim to have died, traveled through hell, and then returned from the afterlife. These narratives enjoy audiences ranging from the most sophisticated monastic scholars to pious townsfolk, villagers, and nomads. Their accounts emphasize the universal Buddhist principles of impermanence and worldly suffering, the fluctuations of karma, and the feasibility of obtaining a favorable rebirth through virtue and merit. Providing a clear, detailed analysis of four vivid return-from-death tales, including the stories of a Tibetan housewife, a lama, a young noble woman, and a Buddhist monk, Cuevas argues that these narratives express ideas about death and the afterlife that held wide currency among all classes of faithful Buddhists in Tibet.

Relying on a diversity of traditional Tibetan sources, Buddhist canonical scriptures, scholastic textbooks, ritual and meditation manuals, and medical treatises, in addition to the delok works themselves, Cuevas surveys a broad range of popular Tibetan Buddhist ideas about death and dying. He explores beliefs about the vulnerability of the soul and its journey beyond death, karmic retribution and the terrors of hell, the nature of demons and demonic possession, ghosts, and reanimated corpses. Cuevas argues that these extraordinary accounts exhibit flexibility between social and religious categories that are conventionally polarized and concludes that, contrary to the accepted wisdom, such rigid divisions as elite and folk, monastic and lay religion are not sufficiently representative of traditional Tibetan Buddhism on the ground. This study offers innovative perspectives on popular religion in Tibet and fills a gap in an important field of Tibetan literature.
Zen of Living and Dying
Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide
By: Kapleau, Philip
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To live life fully and die serenely—surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined. Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society. Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.