Heart Advice for Death and DyingBy Lama Zopa
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.
Over the course of many years,
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given profound and accessible teachings on death and dying.
Heart Advice for Death and Dying
contains Rinpoche’s essential advice for preparing for the time of death and leading
a fulfilling life. It includes:
- An introduction
by Kathleen McDonald (Ven. Sangye
Khadro) to Buddhist ideas about life, death, and what happens after death- Teachings
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on:
- The Medicine
Buddha Sadhana- Mantras to
benefit the dying and dead- Helpful Resources- Glossary
Included with this book is an MP3 CD containing eleven hours
of teachings and guided meditations on death and dying led by Ven. Sangye Khadro,
a senior American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism well known for her gentle yet profound
teaching style. These same teachings form the core of the online course Heart
Advice for Death and Dying.
This book also comes with the complimentary companion book Heart Practices for Death and Dying in PDF format. This book contains advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
on preparing for death and assisting others through this time, together with practices
to do at the time of death, including the Medicine Buddha Puja and the traditional
eight prayers done in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. This book also contains the
most powerful mantras to say for those who are dying or who have died, teachings
on their precise benefits, as well as a sheet of mantras to place upon the body
of one who has died. It contains precious sutra texts to benefit the minds of those
who are dying, to relieve pain, and to purify negative karma.
In addition, since one of the five powers to be practiced in
preparation for death is giving away one's possessions, click here to download the PDF file entitled How to Make your Possessions Most
Beneficial by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
173 pages, 2008 edition, paperback
This book is also available as an ebook.
Notes: The teachings and practices contained
in the books Heart Advice for Death and Dying and Heart Practices for Death and Dying are
complemented by the teachings and practices found in Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s more
recent book How to Enjoy Death: Preparing to Meet Life’s Final
Challenge without Fear (Wisdom Publications, 2016). How to Enjoy Death focuses, in particular,
on how to help others before, during, and after their death, whereas Heart Advice for Death and Dying focuses,
in particular, on how to prepare for one’s own death.
the books Heart Advice for Death and Dying and Heart Practices for Death and Dying along with Ven. Sangye Khadro’s
teachings and meditations are combined with the book How to
Enjoy Death, you
will have all the information and practices you need to be able to face your
own and others’ deaths with confidence and serenity.