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 advanced – have 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 Venerable Sangye Khadro – a 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 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
- Teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- The Nine-Point Meditation on Death
- The Process of Dying
- Preparing for Death
- Practicing the Five Powers
- Caring for the Dying and the Dead
- Essential Activities at the Death Time
- Mantras to Benefit the Dying and Dead
- Helpful Resources
170 page book and MP3 CD
One of the five powers to be practiced in preparation for death is giving away one's possessions. When you purchase this book, you will receive an email with your order containing a link to a downloadable PDF file entitled How to Make your Possessions Meaningful.
Lama Zopa explains:"Even within our organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, there are numberless projects through which you can make your belongings most beneficial for sentient beings and the teachings of Buddha."In this 15 page document, many of the charitable projects of FPMT are described in detail.
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