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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392761
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mind Beyond Death picks up where the Tibetan Book of the Dead leaves off. . . . This stunning work will prepare the seeker of truth for the moments before during and beyond the material expiration of our body our vessel. . . . This reviewer has been reading esoteric spiritual texts since age seventeen and has never seen as clear and skillful a description. . . . Splendid."—New Age Retailer

"This is the most significant work in English on the six bardos since the publication of transcripts of two seminars given many years ago by my guru Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Now once again these wonderful teachings are illuminated by the deep wisdom and compassion of a genuine master."—Francesca Fremantle,  author of Luminous Emptiness: A Guide to the Tibetan Book of the Dead

"Mind Beyond Death goes a long way toward demystifying these teachings about the transition between one life and another and making them relevant to everyday life. The way to meet death fully, says Ponlop Rinpoche, is to die every day to every moment to everything. To our thoughts to our agony to our emotions to our loving relationships—even to our joy. At forty-one, Ponlop Rinpoche, who makes his home in Seattle, is at the forefront of a new generation of traditionally trained Tibetan Buddhist scholar-teachers. You're sure to hear more from him in the future."—Shambhala Sun

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Mind Beyond Death is an indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death. Using humorous analogies and his profound understanding of the Western mind, Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos--the intervals of life, death, and beyond-- completely available to the modern reader. Drawing on a breathtaking range of material, Mind Beyond Death shows us how the bardos can be used to conquer death. But the bardos also apply to taking control of life, and learning how to live with fearless abandon. Walking skillfully through the bardos of dream, meditation, and daily life, we then travel deep into the mysterious death intervals and become familiar with their dazzling mindscape. This tour de force gives us the knowledge to transform the greatest obstacle of death into the most powerful opportunity for enlightenment. With nuts-and-bolts meditations and brilliant illumination, Mind Beyond Death offers a clear map that will safely transport the reader through the challenging transitions of life and death.

Customer Reviews

Gentle teacher, great wisdom.
Ceci Miller
It states what you can do to prepare for death, not by being morbid, but by living to the fullist!!
Jillybean16
Very dense material is presented from multiple sources in an accessible way that is easy to read.
Susan Busby

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Hewitt Brooks on May 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well now, there's no getting around the fact that this book is about Buddhism, and it's also the case that if you absolutely don't believe in the possibility of reincarnation, then the whole business might not appear to make any sense. And yet...if there lingers in your mind the faintest openness to the notion that life doesn't end at "death" but may well wander on into another life, and then still another, you might find this book a revelation and even a delight. Try, perhaps, reading just the first 20 pages or so while loitering in the bookstore: one might find oneself hooked. The book is about life, death and, most of all, about right now. This is a profound text to be treasured and pored over, I believe. I recommend that you give it a shot. You just might change your life for all eternity, so to speak.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carole Fleming on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Some of the most difficult to understand teachings found in Buddhism are the teachings on the experience of bardo - the space in between or, one could say, life, death and transition. In Mind Beyond Death, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has made these teachings accessible for the lay reader and the more serious student of Buddhism alike. In clear, concise prose, with wit and humor he brings these teachings into the realm of our ordinary experience and helps us make a connection between the larger unknown of death and the experience of transition in our everyday life. As others have pointed out, he presents the full complement of bardo teachings without diluting them, but it is his ability to use these teachings to highlight this lifetime and its potential for waking up that makes this such a powerful reading experience and guide.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan Busby on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mind Beyond Death by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is an engaging and comprehensive guide to living well and dying well. The book is based on the six bardos or intervals of waking life, meditation, dreaming, dying, in between life and death, and becoming. It provides step-by-step practices to work with what arises for us as we travel through each bardo. The premise of the book seems to be that we can prepare for dying well by working with our thoughts and emotions while alive. The natural side effect of practicing while alive is that this also allows us to live in manner that is more peaceful and sane. Very dense material is presented from multiple sources in an accessible way that is easy to read. Although the book is easy to read, the serious student of Buddhism will find that the book also offers a wealth of instruction at many levels and for multiple practices.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carmen M. Rumbaut on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The author pulls no punches in this book. I got the feeling that he wasn't holding back any information, although he often cautioned the reader that certain practices are better learned under the personal guidance of a teacher.

He gave a clear outline of Buddhist practices into which you could then fit in the information. Sometimes Buddhist teachings go into such ornate details that you forget what the whole point is. This book went back and forth from a wide perspective to the specifics.

The book can be read at many levels. Both beginners and advanced practitioners would benefit. Also, it is helpful for those who interpret Buddhist views within a psychological framework, as well as for those who believe in reincarnation.

And this is all done in a friendly, conversational style, with wit and compassion!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2007
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As I've grown older I have truly relished the eruption of Tibetan wisdom literature and commentaries "coming online", as it were. Having cut my teeth on D.T. Zusuki and Herbert Guenther, the appearance of Thurman, Garfield, and now Ponlop Ripoche has further deepened and matured my appreciation of the compassion that comes out of life to help us. Ripoche's work is, for me, a true mile/gem/stone. It is a truly reflective work that I can only compare, in my own meditative experience, to reading St. Agustine's Confession. There is genius in the economy of words, only outshined by their precision and communicative power. I have been graced with such great teachers who awakened and deepened my "reflective ear". As I read Ripoche's work each word, phrase and paragraph echos with insight inspiring power, congealing long threads of thought both Western and Eastern. I do apologize if this review seems like a fawning paean. What I wishing to convey is the deep meaning that is redolent within this work, and the opportunity for you, also, to take a plunge (if you already haven't). It is truly a unique work of great power and relevance. It is the best work to emerge, to date, for our Western lebenswelt that deals with the experience of death and beyond -- and by that our life, right now.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heather Chan on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mind Beyond Death is not just a treatise on Tibetan Buddhist beliefs about the afterlife. It is a comprehensive guide to living fully and meaningfully now. By teaching us how to transform our fear of death and to understand the truth of our existence, Ponlop Rinpoche gives us the tools to work with all the circumstances of our present life. This well-structured handbook on the journey of life and death is always intelligent, insightful, and accessible. Rinpoche's clear explanations of both theory and practice are delivered in contemporary language, laced with wit and humour. The book's diagrams, illustrations, footnotes, and glossary are valuable additional resources. Like Ponlop Rinpoche's other books, Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra and Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Mind Beyond Death is a book to be treasured and read time and again. Highly recommended for non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike.
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