Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker, this book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes a complete introduction to the practice of meditation, as well as advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion.
25th Anniversary EditionOver 3 Million Copies Sold'I couldn't give this book a higher recommendation' BILLY CONNOLLYWritten by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation, but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace'.
Sogyal Rinpoche was born in Tibet and entered a monastery when he was six months old. He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama from one of the most outstanding Buddhist masters of the 20th century, Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr , who raised him like his own son. After fleeing Tibet with his family, Rinpoche was educated in India and Cambridge, England. Since then he has taught throughout the world, developing a unique ability to attune the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to modern life. He is the spiritual director of Rigpa, an organisation devoted to presenting the teachings of the Buddha and to offering support and advice on spiritual care to those facing loss, illness or death, as well as their families and caregivers.
Valuable and profound YOGA AND HEALTH I have encountered no book on the interplay of life and death that is more comprehensive, practical and wise. HUSTON SMITH, author of The World's Religions Sogyal Rinpoche speaks directly and clearly to the Western mind and heart with humour, joy and great warmth. RICHARD GERE Marvellous - like all the great teachings, it is both simple and complex, and full of love and compassion JOANNA LUMLEY One of the most helpful books I have ever read JOHN CLEESE You don't have to be a Buddhist to read it: its mastery lies in the lucid way it presents esoteric ideas MICK BROWN, THE TELEGRAPH If you believe books can change lives, earmark this one METRO For readers of all religions and readers of none THE OBSERVER Brilliant MAIL ON SUNDAY A gentle, humane and eloquent guide GUARDIAN
"A gentle, humane and eloquent guide"
An important, much-loved and respected work of our time- more than 3 million copies of the book have been printed in 34 languages and 80 countries.
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