The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, is a presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
“This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.”
Death, as it turns out, is less of a crisis and much more of an opportunity than most of us have been taught. Rinpoche presents concepts such as reincarnation, karma, bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen and phowa that can help us face death constructively. Life, Rinpoche teaches us, can become much richer as a result. Like Elisabeth Kübler-Ross—author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, in which she first discussed her theory of the five stages of grief—Sigyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death and with it, life.