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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573229520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573229524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gelek Rimpoche is… one of the most revered and accessible teachers of Buddhism in the West… His straight talk is infused with humor.”— Los Angeles Times
 
“Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality, humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life.”— Ram Dass
 
“Gelek's book is lighthearted and down-to-earth.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“His teachings are helpful to all.”—Denver Post
 
“Insightful…Gelek is a felicitous writer, especially gifted with analogy. Readers will cheer about this fresh voice.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Gelek Rimpoche's wisdom on life, death and reincarnation will focus your energies on the importance of coming to terms with your negative emotions. It will also help you travel well through life by practicing patience.”—Spirituality & Health
 
“Gelek Rimpoche’s mix of astute psychological insight, extraordinary intellect, and great compassion—plus his delightful wit—make him a wonderful, wise spiritual friend and guide.”—Tara Bennett-Goleman, author of Emotional Alchemy, and Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
 
“Gelek Rimpoche is a heartfelt, tender teacher with a vast analytic mind.”—Allen Ginsberg
 
“Gelek Rimpoche…is a great teacher.”—Robert A.F. Thurman, professor of Religion, Columbia University
 
“No clichés here.  Just straight talk infused with humor, humility and a well-seasoned wisdom born of a broad classical training and worldly experience.  His lineage is impeccable and true. His simple words speak to the jewel in our hearts.”—Richard Gere
 
“Gelek Rimpoche is one of the wisest, most cheerful people I know. He is a beautiful and gracious spirit who carries the great wisdom of Tibet. We are fortunate to have him teaching in the West.”—Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
 
“Gelek Rimpoche’s teaching is concise and soulful; here, tradition is saved only to strengthen the daily path of liberation. Answering Allen Ginsberg’s query, Rimpoche once observed that poetry is compassion. We may learn from Rimpoche’s writings that compassion is also poetry.”—Francesco Clemente
 
“Gelek Rimpoche is one of the great originals alive today—luminous in his wisdom, compassionate in his unstinting care and support, and a very funny man to boot.
He is the Buddha nature in a warm and whimsical package.”—Jean Houston, Ph.D.
 
“Probably the best available teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He combines a complete grasp of the teachings of this tradition with an openness and kindness that has endeared him to all those fortunate enough to have come to know him.”—Philip Glass
 
“Gelek Rimpoche is a brilliant scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. Educated in Tibet’s largest monastery—Drepung—he fled to India in 1959, and in the decades since, has become one of the most important and insightful teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.”
Melvyn C. Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of Anthropology, and Director, Center for Research on Tibet, Case Western Reserve University
 
“Gelek Rimpoche was trained by the greatest teachers of the last generation of Buddhist masters in Tibet. He has brought their teachings to America, where he is passing on their wisdom to a new generation, with eloquence, wit, and insight.”
Donald Lopez, Carl W. Belser Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan
 

 

About the Author

Rimpoche N. Gehlek was trained by the same teachers who taught the Dalai Lama, and was fully educated in Tibet. He is a favorite speaker at the Omega Institute, the Open Center, and countless spiritual centers around the world. His students cover the full range: Buddhists, Hollywood actors, esteemed composers and musicians.
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Wallenberg Award (conferred by the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Foundation), the Albert Schweitzer Award, and the Nobel Peace Prize.

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This book is easy to read, easy to understand and very well written!
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Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek's mix of personal experience and Buddhist empiricism makes for a wonderful book.
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I recommend this book to those seeking more understanding of life and death.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
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Gelek Rimpoche's book is one of the most practical and relevant books that you will ever read. If you've ever wondered about reincarnation and what happens after death, you won't be disappointed. One of the best gifts that Gelek Rimpoche has is that he can take deep material and make it accessible - this book is very readable, and you will find no pretension in the prose - it is lucid, instructive and to the point. Throughout the book, the author's refreshing sense of humor manages to shine through. After dealing with death and the Tibetan take on the subject, we are then presented with practical advice and instructions on how to live and cope with this very precious life that we have been given. The book also includes a daily practice in the appendix. Gelek Rimpoche has written a book that is brilliant and useful; it is a book that I'm sure I'll re-read numerous times in the future.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By vabookreader on August 4, 2006
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Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek's _Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation_ is a humane account of the dying process, particularly of the very subtle experiences of death when a person's consciousness dissolves. Gelhek draws upon his own personal experiences with dying persons (through sixty-plus years of life) as well as the numerous Tibetan Buddhist texts that focus on death and dying. The latter tradition has a scientific precision in its analysis of death, furnishing valuable, specific information for any person, regardless of his or her religious beliefs. Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek's mix of personal experience and Buddhist empiricism makes for a wonderful book.

Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek is incredibly humble about his experiences. He explains in a frank manner how he came to his views on reincarnation and the dying process. His style is non-dogmatic, and his writing is easy to understand. For instance, he writes early in the book, "I'm not here to try to convince you about reincarnation. That's my culture, my system--not yours. I would simply like to ask you to entertain the idea for a moment, to give it the benefit of the doubt and see how it changes your perspective on your life and your death." In this context, he discusses the anxieties he had when he began his own investigation into the dying process, first as an eleven year old novice monk in a Tibetan monastery and then later as an adult living in America.

In an early chapter, he describes how frightened he was when he first heard Buddhist teachings on the lower realms: "I was crying constantly, day and night. I was soaked in tears from the fear of falling into the lower realms--and from a slightly artificial compassion at the thought of others falling into them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Hale on May 16, 2003
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This book is excellent! If you've ever had a loved one die, have thought about death yourself, wondered if the things you do in this lifetime will follow you to the next or just feel the need for comfort lately in this world of fast paced chaos, this book is a MUST READ! I promise you'll nota only enjoy it and find it very difficult to put down once you begin reading it, but you'll also want everyone you care about to read it as well. This book is easy to read, easy to understand and very well written! This one is staying with me forever!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Hale on May 16, 2003
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This book is excellent! If you've ever had a loved one die, have thought about death yourself, wondered if the things you do in this lifetime will follow you to the next or just feel the need for comfort lately in this world of fast paced chaos, this book is a MUST READ! I promise you'll nota only enjoy it and find it very difficult to put down once you begin reading it, but you'll also want everyone you care about to read it as well. This book is easy to read, easy to understand and very well written! This one is staying with me forever!
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By Rathael G. Fambro on June 5, 2014
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great wisdom. I'm glad the African wisdom from kemet has survived in Tibet. Unfortunately, the racist Chinese will probably wipe it all out. I pray to the creator that they or western Christians, don't.
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By Zen Elder on April 29, 2014
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I got this as a second or third copy because I'd given away the previous ones. Excellent and clear presentation on preparing for death by living an ethical life in the present moment. After reading this, I got some other books by him.
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I had read this book a very long time ago and then gave the book away. I have had a recent interest in Tibetan buddhism and for some reason purchased this book again. It was a very wise choice. The book is very easy to read and very worthwhile. Nothing is confusing and the principles explained all make a lot of sense. I feel that if everyone read this book we would have a much better world. I highly recommend this book. I know I will reread it many times again.
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