The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, is a presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead or Bardo Thodol. The author wrote, “I have written The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying as the quintessence of the heart-advice of all my masters, to be a new Tibetan Book of the Dead and a Tibetan Book of Life.” The book explores: the message of impermanence; evolution, karma and rebirth; the nature of mind and how to train the mind through meditation; how to follow a spiritual path in this day and age; the practice of compassion; how to care for and show love to the dying, and spiritual practices for the moment of death.
Why read this now? Why participate in a group discussion on this 22 year old book? Does it have relevance in your life? Is your job, relationship on solid ground? Are you comfortable talking about death and dying with your family and friends? Who yearns to talk about end of life preparations with loved ones? How many of us are comfortable talking about our own death? What about living fully NOW and bringing the mind home?