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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD by Padmasambhava, translated by Gyurme Dorje, edited by Graham Coleman and Thupten Jinpa with commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
This is the first ever complete and unabridged translation of the Bardo Thodrol, popularly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Created in close co-operation with a remarkable range of contemporary Tibetan masters, including guidance from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Zenkar Rinpoche and Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, this new translation represents a major step in the understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist vision of our journey through life and death.
THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING by Sogyal Rinpoche
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.
GLIMPSE AFTER GLIMPSE: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Inspired by Sogyal Rinpoche's modern spiritual classic, the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, these thought-provoking reflections and teaching stories are a rich source of contemplation, serenity, and joy throughout the day.
Elegantly illustrated with original calligraphy by Sogyal Rinpoche and rare photographs of great Tibetan masters, Glimpse After Glimpse addresses the trials and rewards of the spiritual path, acceptance of death, meditation, karma, compassion in action, and much more-all with Sogyal Rinpoche's eloquent and engaging warmth, wit, and wisdom.
ADVICE AND PRACTICES FOR DEATH AND DYING: For the Benefit of Self and Others Commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
A truly useful manual for preparing for death, with clear and helpful advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as a suite of practices, including Medicine Buddha practices, Amitabha Phowa, Prayer to Be Reborn in the Land of Bliss, Giving Breath to the Wretched, Tonglen (taking and giving) and a lot more.
TRANSCENDING MADNESS: The Experience of the Six Bardos by Chogyam Trungpa
The Tibetan word bardo is usually associated with life after death. Here, Chogyam Trungpa discusses bardo in a very different sense: as the peak experience of any given moment. Our experience of the present moment is always colored by one of six psychological states: the god realm (bliss), the jealous god realm (jealousy and lust for entertainment), the human realm (passion and desire), the animal realm (ignorance), the hungry ghost realm (poverty and possessiveness), and the hell realm (aggression and hatred). In relating these realms to the six traditional Buddhist bardo experiences, Trungpa provides an insightful look at the "madness' of our familiar psychological patterns and shows how they present an opportunity to transmute daily experience into freedom.
This presentation of Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the endless cycle of experience, the four bardos- life, death, after-death, and rebirth- is aimed at inspiring and helping the practitioner achieve liberation from deluded existence and awaken to complete enlightenment for the benefit of others.
The author, Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, was renowned as one of the most learned and accomplished masters of seventeenth century Tibet. His other books include "Lamp of Mahamudra" and "Empowerment."
This book is the foundation for the commentary "Bardo Guidebook" by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and is indispensable for the study of living and dying.
DEATH AND THE ART OF DYING in Tibetan Buddhism by Bokar Rinpoche
Bokar Rinpoche offers ways of helping the dying and dead based on his intimate knowledge and experience of caring for the dying. This guide through the stages of dying explains how to encounter death without fear and how to maintain constant awareness of impermanence and inevitability of death--to enrich our life and to prepare for death.
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".
DYING, DEATH AND THE INTERMEDIATE STATE by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
The topic tonight will be a brief introduction into some aspects of the Buddhist teachings 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.