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Mind Beyond Death

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Mind Beyond Death is an indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death. Using humorous analogies and his profound understanding of the Western mind, Dzogchen Ponlop makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos--the intervals between waking and sleep, between life and death, and beyond--completely available to the modern reader. Drawing on a breathtak ...more
ebook, 375 pages
Published June 25th 2008 by Snow Lion Publications (first published March 15th 2007)
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I admit there is a problem where Dharma books get super high star ratings. That said, Mind Beyond Death seems to me now head and shoulders above other books I have given 5 stars.

This book was recommended to me by Jill Purce who is a western expert in such matters, along with Luminous Emptiness by Freemantle. The Freemantle book I find fluffy and am still dragging my way through, where Mind Beyond Death I would open at random and be uttterly consumed by the clarity and brilliance of the philosoph
Apr 25, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very accessible dharma. begins with excellent overview, then goes into very detailed explanation of bardo states and how to prepare for them and what to do when you're in them. this may sound weird, but i thought this book was neat.
Mar 07, 2008 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a clear articulation of the Bardos and is a great companion read to any and all translations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead or of Living and Dying depending on the translator.
Snow Lion cited this book in their Dharma quote of the week, as follows. Given my mother's circumstances, the passing of my father and of my brother, and everything else going on in my life as a book person in a digital world, I feel I need to read this book.

Dharma Quote of the Week

The bardo* of this life does not last forever. We know that, like a guest in a hotel, our mind is only temporarily sheltered in this body. As we face the challenges of this life and the impending challenges of the bar
Pat Rolston
Nov 13, 2013 Pat Rolston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a seminal work by any measure in capturing the very esoteric Bardo journey. I thoroughly enjoyed Sogyal Rinpoche's classic "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying," but was completely flummoxed by his Bardo state portion. That is widely read and I would suppose similar confusion is common and that is where "Mind Beyond Death," excels in bringing a combination of practical and academic teaching to the
death and life journey. It is stunning in it's detail regarding the actual experiential Bar
Jul 04, 2015 Ceci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A monumental tribute to the subject of Impermanence. The most comprehensive book out there on the subject of bardo, transitions, and the death process, from the view of the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition. There is a chart in this book that catalogues the stages of dissolution, among other amazements. And the section on Dream Yoga is extraordinary, even life-altering. Anyone who will die someday should read this book.
Sergio Ledward
Jun 25, 2015 Sergio Ledward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cada momento, ¡Este momento! una oportunidad para la iluminación. Ponlop Rinpoche nos muestra compasiva y generosamente el viaje de la mente más allá de la muerte y nos brinda una guía para deshacernos de la insatisfacción y del miedo en cada momento. ¡Muchas gracias!
Lawrence Manzo
A good introduction in to the baroque world of Tibetan afterlife teaching. It casts light on their science of cosciousness and the various conscious states (bardos). This is the only ancient religion I am aware of that practices Lucid Dreaming as a preparation for dealing with the afterlife.
Jan 18, 2008 Glenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the finest dharma books ever. Death is not just that end of the road thing, but happens constantly. Rinpoche is the Buddha
Jan 22, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful explanation of some of the most difficult to understand Dharma concepts, including the bardos of living and "between" lives.
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Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpa Gyaltsen was enthroned as the Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche by Rangjung Yeshe Dorje, Gyalwang Karmapa XVI, in 1968. A former Tibetan Buddhist monk, he remains a lay teacher in the Karma Kagyu lineage as well as the Nyingma tradition.

A graduate of Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies (the monastic college at Rumtek) and Columbia University in New Yo
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“Even in our own lives, there are times when we want something so much that we cannot let go of the thought of it. Whether that is an object, a person or a state of mind, whatever it is, we long for it, but it remains out of reach. Then, at the very point where we totally give up and let go of it, we get what we have been wishing for.” 3 likes
“When we begin to genuinely appreciate the illusory, dreamlike nature of our waking experiences, we are starting to mix those appearances with the appearances of our nighttime dreams. We are bringing those two states closer together.” 0 likes
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