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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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Snow Lion
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read during a long retreat during which teachings on the bardos were given. This is a practical, accessible approach to the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Mark Bourdon
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We have a choice: to prepare ourselves to face the most uncomfortable moment of our lives, or to meet that moment unprepared...The way to meet death fully is to die every day, to every moment, to everything; to our thoughts, to our agony, to our emotions, to our loving relationships—even to our joy. We cannot meet death if we don’t die every day!”

I read this as a requirement for a class on the bar do’s of king and dying. This is an indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death.
Julia Grey
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book describing the Buddhist path from birth, old age to death and beyond. Ponlop Rinpoche is an accomplished teacher, who obviously understands the nature of mind and can describe that in terms that western student can grasp. One of the best works on the bardo experience and the stages of death.
Peyton Stafford
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
Pat Rolston
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sergio Ledward
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Dave Padilla
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The teachings are so profound yet accessible.
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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 rated it it was amazing
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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