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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a contemporary spiritual masterpiece and source of sacred inspiration that interprets Tibetan Buddhism for the West.

Sogyal Rinpoche presents a radically new vision of living and dying. He shows how to go beyond our fear and denial of death to discover what it is in us that survives death and is changeless. Rinpoche explains simple yet powerful practices that listeners can use to transform their lives, prepare for death, and help the dying.

©1992 Rigpa Fellowship (P)1995 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A gentle, humane, and eloquent guide." ( Guardian)
"As a guide to the Tibetan tradition and its insights into life and death, Sogyal Rinpoche is without peer. . . .Sogyal Rinpoche. . .has delivered the Tibetan equivalent of The Divine Comedy." ( New York Times Book Review)

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Wow.

No words to describe. Amazing book.

Makes me not fear the unknown anymore. A must read!!!

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Perfect accompaniment to the book.

This is a great resource and adjunct to The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Great for listening to when commuting, walking, or for quiet periods of reflection and study. The audio book is read by Sogyal Rinpoche himself, as well as John Cleese of Monty Python fame, and some other suitable and appropriate voices. There is quite a lot of Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom presented here, so depending on where you are on your journey on the path, beginner, curious, student, non student, or for those wanting some wisdom to get them through some difficult life events, or the loss of a loved one, there is much wisdom and heart food to be had here. But don't take my advice at face value. Try it for yourself. As the Buddha always said, don't take what I say as the truth, try it out in your own life. I do highly recommended it though. :-)

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Started off good. ..

I was quite enjoying this until I googled Sogyal Rinpoche. After reading about author, I could not go on to finish the rest.

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classic

A spiritual classic. with some amazing take homes. One i liked was that Buddha taught 80,000 types of mediation

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  • Ems
  • New Zealand
  • 12-10-2019

Cleese is fabulous!

Listening to John Cleese read this amazing book is awesome. I have read this book but this audio book is fantastic, definitely recommend this!

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The Must Read Book

One of the best books ever read. Great narrative, with good pace. The great source of understanding the true meaning of life

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Mixed feelings

Unfortunately Sogyal was hard to listen to and even stuttered occasionally. John Cleese should have narrated the whole thing.

The psychological principles in this book are great but the reincarnation parts are quite silly.

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Distracting voices

I'm sorry, I found the different voices to jar with each other. Also, if reading well is a challenge, don't record an Audio book

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Interesting book

I found this book an interesting listen especially the parts discussing the afterlife. I would recommend this book for anyone going through the loss of a loved one or anybody interested in the Tibetan Buddhist views of the afterlife.

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  • A. Moreira Martin
  • 10-08-2009

Great book, life changing brakin gpoint.

This is a book that I consider a life changing braking point, it guided me trough the death process of my son and is now guiding me through many aspects of my life. At the time I bought a hard copy, and I'm enjoying listening to it. This is a must read in this life. I thank Sagoyal for his great compassionate efforts to teach this knowledge.

The audio of this recording y s very good.This is a book that I consider a life changing braking point, it guided me trough the death process of my son and is now guiding me through many aspects of my life. At the time I bought a hard copy, and I'm enjoying listening to it. This is a must read in this life. I thank Sagoyal for his great compassionate efforts to teach this knowledge.

The audio of this recording y s very good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-2019

Bad narration, different narrator for the sample<br />

Heard a lot of great things about the book, and was highly disappointed to hear the narration.
The really annoying thing was that the sample narrator (which is great) didn't read the rest of the book..

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  • Sebastian
  • 16-04-2019

very buddhist

This is a "preaching to the choir" kind of book. I'm sure it's good if you're really into buddhist teachings. I however who are only casually interrested found this boring. Kind of like litsening to christians talking about the grace of god. Just a heads up.

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  • j.a.e.rosenberg
  • 19-03-2017

Not very helpfull for everyday life

What disappointed you about The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

It seems to be mostly about helping people who are dying, and does not offer a lot of insight in to how to deal with everyday life and the difficulties of dealing with ego, which is the main source of suffering.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sogyal Rinpoche again?

Maybe, what makes me hesitant is that I found out he rapes his female students, or at least uses his position as a master to have sex with him. Several times he was summoned to court for this. This shows that he is apparently not capable of being a good master and that makes his teachings less pure I would think.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked the performance.

What character would you cut from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

none, it's not applicable.

Any additional comments?

If you look for enlightenment, any book from Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie, Eckhart tolle or the Dalay Lama will do better.