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Living Without Regret: Human Experience in Light of Tibetan Buddhism [Kindle Edition]

Arnaud Maitland
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Book Description

Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is a major life challenge. In this moving book the author, a longtime practitioner and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, reveals how his grief over his mother's death, who had been an Alzheimer's patient for many years, deepened his ability to apply the Buddhism and Skillful Means teachings in his own life.

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In these times of graying population this is a book of great actuality, and of rare quality. -- J. Hodenius, Dutch Central Library Service

The erudite author wrote a poignant and enlightening book, valuable for anyone who has been touched by diseases and death -- Book Wire Review, June 22, 2005

This book is also an excellent introduction into Buddhism, and is comparable to the books of the Dalai Lama. -- Gemeenschappelijke Persdienst (Syndicate of Regional Newspapers

About the Author

Since 1976, Arnaud Maitland has been a student of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku. He has a MA in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology, Berkeley, CA. Since 1980, he has been leading over 500 seminars and retreats in the United States, Europe and South America in the traditional Dharma teachings, meditation, Skillful Means, Kum Nye relaxation and the Time, Space and Knowledge vision.

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  • File Size: 2125 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Dharma Publishing (October 25, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T9OXNQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for parents June 7, 2005
My grandmother recently passed away and I recommended the book to my mother. This was easy since the book concerns the formidable experience of dealing with aging parents, but also is a poignant account of Tibetan Buddhism. So to give this book to a loved one who has lost thier own parent is a natural. The book itself can help people of any age deal with these traumas. This is a book that people who have an "interest" in Eastern spirituality will enjoy very much. It is also evident from reading the book that Living Without Regret is a labor of love. The book is concise and yet packed will all sorts of Buddhist teachings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL PROBLEM August 16, 2011
Alzeimer's. I think I spelled that correctly. It's a real problem. I can't think of anything worse. Worse than poverty, cancer, stroke, insanity. You name it. This great practioner deals with this problem brillantly in this beautiful book. But it is also a book about spiritual practice. The author seems to have grown because of his mother's alzeimer's. It was very very rough for him. But he dealt with it in the very best way that he could. If you are getting older or have someone who is having problems in this area; it is very important for you to read this book. The following is something that I wrote about my mother. It is part of this review because there is a reason you are interested in buying and reading this book. Please read it. Thank you.

It was seven years ago. My mother was in a nursing home. She was senile and basically gone. I decided to see her everyday. And to be AT the nursing home all day. The workers began to think that I worked there. They gave me two meals a day! My plan was very simple. To cure my mother's senility. She slept all the time! And when she was awake, she did not really know where she was. I had her put in a wheelchair. The nurses did this for me everyday. I wheeled my mother around the nursing home. I would say hi to all the workers and nurses as I did so. My mother bagan to say hi as they began to greet her. There were many places where I took my mother. Her name was "Myrtle". So I named the outdoor places that we went. "Myrtle Tree" (named by me), she liked. "Myrtle Park".
I don't remember all the places that we went to. "Myrtle Garden" was wonderfdul. Nobody was in these places. Rarely. We had the whole nursing home to ourselves! In "Myrtle Garden" I would put my mother in a swing they had. Then we would swing! It held two people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living Without Regret November 9, 2006
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Not being a Buddhist, I was wary about how much I would understand in this Book. I found it was an easy read and it gave me comfort in the current situation of a relative dying with Alzheimers. The Author wrote the book after his Mother died from Alzheimers. Anyone would benefit from this book but I would especially recommend it to those going through some terminal relatives illness.
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I find this book very helpful, especially for the elderly, who need to create a new approach to life. This wider approach has to include the rest of this life, the process of dying as well the preparation for the next life (by creating a lot of good karma).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guidebook for Life June 26, 2008
This book is so full of amazing insight and profound wisdom I may read it again with a pencil and highlighter in hand! The author teaches Buddhist philosophy by weaving it around the story of his mother's death from Alzheimer's disease. But, don't be fooled. This is not a book about dying. It's a book about living - without regret - and with a sense of awe and purpsose knowing that all things are impermanent.

Here is quote from the book which, I believe, is representative of the whole.

"We usually experience time and an external pressure and our relationshiop to it is strained. We look at the clock: 'Oh my, is it already that late?' We feel time nipping at our heels; it seems there is never enough time. Still, we believe there is plenty of time left before we die, although, in taking time for granted, we are likely to waste it."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and know I will be turning to it again and again like I would return to a great teacher. I highly recommend it.
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