How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying.
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.
- 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.
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.
A YEAR TO LIVE: How to Live This Year as if It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
Stephen teaches us how to live each moment as if it were all that was left. He decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our world-view, forces us to examine our priorities, and prepares us to die without regrets.
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.
ILLUSTRATED TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD by Stephen Hodge
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.
TIBETAN WAY OF LIFE, DEATH, AND REBIRTH by John Peacock
Understand How Tibetan Buddhism Deals With Life’s Most Profound Challenges-How To Cope With Suffering And How To Obtain Release From The Cycle Of Rebirth.
Explore the diamond Path of Tantric belief-the sporotual essense within, reached by meditation and yoga. Follow the mythic struggles believed to have kept this sacred land intact-battles between saints and demons, socerers and orges.
Unlock the myseries of mandalas and mantras-and other key aspects of belief and ritual in the mounainous realm of the prayer flags. Draw wisdom from a wealth of quotations-from beautiful poems by spiritual masters and the venerable Tibetan Book of the Dead.
WHO DIES? An Investigation of Consious Dying by Stephen Levine
"To let go of the last moment and open to the next is to die consciously moment to moment. When we take death within, life becomes clear and workable. One of the remarkable things about confronting death is the depth at which it gets our attention. If you could fully experience even a moment of being in its totality, you would discover what you have always been looking for. We don't pay attention to most things, but death catches our eye. In a sense all of this talk about death is really a ploy. Because what we think of as death only occurs to the body. It threatens our seeming existence only to the degree that we imagine and pretend it does. It makes us pay attention. Focusing on death is a way of becoming fully alive. Because wherever the attention is, wherever awareness is, that is where our experience of life arises. The more attention, the more alive we feel. Perhaps that is why so many who are dying also say that they have never felt so alive. When we take death within we stop reinforcing our denial, our judging, our anger, or continuing our bargaining. We don't push our depression away. We ask ourselves in truth, `Who dies?' and surrender our resistance and knowing because we see that it blocks our understanding." Who Dies? shows us how to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next, be it sorrow or joy, loss or gain, death or a new wonderment at life. The author has worked extensively with Ram Dass and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and has written several books on meditation.
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.
Drawing on a breathtaking range of material, Mind Beyond Death shows us how the bardos can be used to conquer death. Working with the bardos means taking hold of life and learning how to live with fearless abandon. Exploring all six bardos--not just the three bardos of death--Mind Beyond Death demonstrates that the secret to a good journey through and beyond death lies in how we live.
Walking skillfully through the bardos of dream, meditation, and daily life, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us deep into the mysterious death intervals, introducing us to their dazzling mindscape. This tour de force gives us the knowledge to transform death, the greatest obstacle, into the most powerful opportunity for enlightenment. With both nuts-and-bolts meditation techniques and brilliant illumination, Mind Beyond Death offers a clear map and a sturdy vehicle that will safely transport the reader through the challenging transitions of this life and the perilous bardos beyond death.
BARDO: Interval of Possibility (Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Teaching on Aspiration for Liberation in the Bardo) by Chokyi Wangchuk
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.
TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD; The Great Liberation By Hearing In The Intermediate States by Padmasambhava, Terton Karma Lingpa
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.
With an introductory commentary by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who calls this translation "an extraordinary accomplishment undertaken with great care over many years" this complete edition faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, exquisitely written practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement. Translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters, including HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and learned scholars such as Khamtrul Rinpoche and Zenkar Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, "I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world."