Whereas Western society views death as the last taboo, the Tibetan
tradition incorporates meditation on death into everyday life. Tibetan
Buddhists believe that a conscious awareness of one's own impermanence
allows a person to live a happy, fulfilled life. Over the centuries, the
Tibetans have developed a wide-ranging literature on death, including
inspirational poetry and prose, prayers, and practical works on caring
for the dying. This fascinating book presents nine short Tibetan texts.
Important writings by the Second, Seventh, and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas
and by Karma Lingpa, author of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, are
included. It covers topics such as meditation techniques to prepare for
death, inspirational accounts of the deaths of saints and yogis, and
methods for training the mind in the transference of consciousness at
the time of death.
238 pages. Paperback.