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Wholesome Fear: Transforming Your Anxiety About Impermanence and Death

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The subject of death makes a lot of people uneasy. Most of us just don't know much about death -- especially how to handle it and how to prepare for it -- and we may feel anxious and afraid whenever we start to contemplate either the death of a loved one or our own death. But as Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation o ...more
ebook, 168 pages
Published December 10th 2009 by Wisdom Publications
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Johnny Galt
There was a time that I thought I was going to die so I wanted to read this book prior to the event. It was enlightening for me to realize that death is something not to fear or put in the back of the mind. Thinking about it on a constant basis is not morbid, but more a connected awareness of the present and what may happen to us in the end. In addition to the discussion of death I also enjoyed the information about how to meditate on death which adds another proactive dimension.
Rachel
Jan 23, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this author surprisingly dogmatic, especially for a Buddhist.

The notion that we cause our own depression by "wallowing in self pity" really irritated me.

I also thought there was a strong sense of urgency throughout the book, that we should get ourselves in order before death, which seems to be driven by fear more than anything else.

Not my bag.
Marsha Altman
Jan 31, 2015 Marsha Altman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read as far as Buddhist books go. Very straightforward, repeats a lot of material because it's important to hammer in the ideas in a lot of different ways. This book is an abbreviated version of other books, which I actually appreciated for my time. Good meditation techniques listed in the back half of the book.
Krittima Thammamitr
i finished this small book in two days but the core idea has lasted much longer still. an effective kick to live meaningfully is the kick from death, of course.
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Lama Thubten Zöpa Rinpoche (b.1946)

Librarian Note:This is an honorific publishing pseudonym; for the master record, see Thubten Zopa
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