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Living is Dying – How to Prepare for Dying, Death and Beyond

Shouldn’t we all try to contemplate the inevitability of our own death at least once this lifetime? Particularly as every one of us will die – itself a crucially important piece of information. Doesn’t putting some effort into processing the inescapable fact of our own death make sense?
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Living is Dying –
How to Prepare for Dying, Death and Beyond
By Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
©2018

Free download here: Living is Dying (Edition 3)

No matter who we are – pop star, nurse, teacher, real estate magnate, gardener, atheist, CEO, secretary, road sweeper, agnostic, film critic, Buddhist, home maker – each and every one of us will die. We have no choice, no alternative option, no wiggle room. Death is inevitable. So why do so few of us even think about death, let alone make any effort to prepare ourselves for it?

In his new book, 'Living is Dying', Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche offers a broad spectrum of advice about how to prepare for dying, death and beyond no matter who you are. Inspired by nearly one hundred questions that were put to him by friends and students, Rinpoche describes how to:

  • prepare for our own death
  • help, comfort and guide a dying friend or loved one
  • approach the moment of death
  • navigate the bardos (intermediate states)
  • guide the dead
  • help loved ones who have died

These teachings about death and the bardos have been passed down through a long lineage of brilliant Buddhist thinkers, each of whom went to great lengths in order to examine the process in minute detail and from every angle. Their advice may well be especially useful for Buddhists, or those attracted to the Buddha’s teachings. Even those of you who know nothing about the teachings of the Buddha but who are open-minded, curious, and perhaps contemplating your own death or that of a loved one, may well find something in these pages that will be of help.

 - Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

[Note from the editor: Apologies for the typos that appeared in the first and even the second edition of Living is Dying. Many thanks to Connie Moffit, Toni Whittaker, Martha Boyden, Lizzie Woon, Florence Koh, Jun Xie, Ricarda Solms and Bella Chao for pointing out the errors they spotted and to John Canti for providing a much clearer tagdrol image.]