The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche (review by Sean K. ’14)

The Tibetan Book of Living and DyingThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rinpoche introduces and applies the values of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world in a revolutionarily practical way, drawing from his lifetime experience as a monk. Contrary to many religion-oriented texts, Rinpoche’s spiritual classic does not attempt to convert the reader. Rather, it seeks to draw from Buddhist teachings and texts (primarily The Tibetan Book of the Dead) to create a guide to life and death from which people of all religions and faiths can draw upon for peace and consciousness. Moreover, Rinpoche’s frequent excerpts from the lessons of his teachers add a charming personality to his own wise writings. His use of modern scientific research and acknowledgement of current global realities make the book accessible to even the most skeptical Westerners. To the reader who must cope with a recent or near death, or just to someone who might appreciate a refreshing approach to dealing with the stressful ordeals of our materialistic society, I highly recommend this book. – Sean K. ‘14

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