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Mind Beyond Death

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Snow Lion
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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
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.

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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
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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.
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.
Absolutely wonderful explanation of some of the most difficult to understand Dharma concepts, including the bardos of living and "between" lives.
One of the finest dharma books ever. Death is not just that end of the road thing, but happens constantly. Rinpoche is the Buddha
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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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