How to avoid fear at the time of dying, with an explanation of the various stages of the death process in the context of the Buddhist attitude to life.
The essence of this book is a weekend seminar on death, intermediate state and rebirth that Lama Yeshe taught in Switzerland in 1983. The topic is particularly poignant as this was the last teaching Lama gave in the West; he passed away several months later. But here he was his usual boisterous, punchy, direct, funny, loving and compassionate self, treating the topic of death in his incomparable light and irreverant, yet serious way. Lama Zopa also attended the seminar and his introductory talk on cultivating a peaceful mind has been included here.
"From the moment we were born we've been destined for death. We think that dying is a big deal, worse than losing a job, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, husband or wife. That's the wrong attitiude. We think that dying is negative, but that's just our projection...Death is better than a flower, for example. A flower cannot give you tremendous peace and bliss. It can give you something, but not that. Death, however, can give you both: tremendous peace and tremendous bliss. Death is better than your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife because they give you very little bliss. They cannot truly solve your problems. They can alleviate emotional anxiety momentarily, perhaps, but not for long. At the moment of death, however, all anxiety and other emotional problems are totally cut off for a long period of time." Lama Yeshe.
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