Living Without Regret: Human Experience in Light of Tibetan Buddhism
by Arnaud Maitland
is a personal reflection on the process of growing old and death in
light of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The author reveals his experience
with one of life's major challenges: coming to terms with the loss of a
loved one. He shares how his grief over the loss of his mother, who died
of Alzheimer's disease, deepened his ability to apply the Buddhist
teachings in his life and use them to work through feelings of
helplessness, anger, confusion, despair, and fear. This personal
narrative unfolds in a larger framework of Buddhist teachings on
impermanence, suffering, and the development of wisdom and compassion.
"In writing this book I wished to show how, in addition to
material and physical care, we can give life a spiritual dimension. By
realizing the truths of life and daring to embody them, we begin to
flourish as human beings. When we look back on our lives we will have no
fear or regrets; we will see a life that has been worth living. It is
my hope that this book inspires readers to find an answer to the
question, 'How do I really want to live?' And then do it."
book can be used as a catalyst for guided visualization to look
directly at impermanence and observe the conflicting emotions that
arise. Also, since the question of living without regret is raised but
not fully resolved, this book could stimulate a thorough exploration
into the causes of regret and what it might mean to live without it.
332 pages. Paperback.