This was an excellent overview of the afterlife, and the possibilities in the afterlife, according to Tibetan Buddhism. Robert Thurman makes an excellent case for the existence of the afterlife, in response to hard-core materialists, who belief consciousness ends with the death of the brain. I believe this is mandatory reading for anyone facing a life-threatening illness. It is very comforting at the very least, and also empowering to know we can choose our next existence if we are prepared. I had a near death experience years ago, and reading this helped so much to give validity to what I saw and experienced, in my case, in a Christian context. Robert Thurman is open-minded, and so, explains such experiences as relative to the culture you are raised in, for example, my vision of Christ as a symbol of compassion in the subconscious. This is an excellent book, filled not only with intellectual rigor and well-made arguments, but also a humble and knowing wisdom. One caveat, some of the reading gets very difficult, reflecting the depth of the author's knowledge in Buddhism. Some background in Buddhism may be necessary, and certainly would help.