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Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously

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"Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience i ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Atria Books
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Jun 22, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: philosophers, those on a spiritual quest
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I'm not sure there's any point in rating or even reviewing a book of this kind, but for the record, I think it's pretty good at what it's about. It begins with an overview of who the Dalai Lama is and a bit about China's role in imprisoning the real Panchen Lama and selecting one of their own who is loyal to communism. Then comes commentary on a poem by the first Panchen Lama about death and dying, and how to live well. Each chapter looks at one stanza of the poem, placing it in the larger conte ...more
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May 03, 2014 Andrew Pixton rated it liked it
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I confess I didn't read this whole thing. I skimmed to the parts that interested me. Sorry, but he spends a lot of time talking about death. How it's inevitable so we shouldn't ignore it but we shouldn't worry or dwell on it either. I've got not problem with any of that, really. I did like learning about a lot of the Buddhist mysticism and other practical applications.


"Everyone is dying, but no one is dead."

Bishop Bergland
I found some of the information in the book helpful, but honestly don't find the Tibetan, pre-scientific understanding of the elements of the body and so forth very compelling. I can't help but wonder whether those with a different understanding of our physical selves would have the same experiences during death that those holding the Tibetan view would. For these reasons, the book was just OK for me.
Shawn Frost
Apr 25, 2013 Shawn Frost rated it it was amazing
Such a healthy perspective that many Westerners will benefit by reading. Everyone will need this book one day. I especially respect the view that those who come to say goodbye ( or see you later) are cautioned not to be negative or distraught.
May 01, 2009 James added it
Has a "self-helpish" title, but is actually a fairly detailed summary of Kalachakra approaches to death, by way of a commentary on a poem by the First Panchen Lama.
Jan 31, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
This had some really good practical advice amongst the more esoteric teaching. Very helpful.
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Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.

Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family. He was proclaimed the
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