- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Tharpa Publications (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0948006633
- ISBN-13: 978-0948006630
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully: The Profound Practice of Transference of Consciousness Paperback – January 1, 1999
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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups throughout the world.
In his teachings, Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life. He reveals practical methods for developing wisdom, cultivating a good heart and maintaining a peaceful mind through which we can all find true and lasting happiness. Demonstrating these qualities perfectly in his own life, Geshe Kelsang has dedicated his whole life to helping others find inner peace and happiness.
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Dying is a part of physical life, however Geshela's teachings go far beyond this fact, as the soul is eternal, and we ALL have to come to the realization that our motives and actions carry with us, even when we depart physical life. They just come right with us on the other side.
For a negative reviewer below, I shall share that Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's teachings are pure, with the motive to bring the teachings out of suffering that were taught by Buddha, in plain English that anyone can understand, so they can apply the teachings, and truly be free from suffering permanently in this life. The teachings have made an immeasurable difference in my life - suffering has vanished, and that was no small feat! I credit this to the teachings that have so eloquently been translated into English.
Other fantastic books by this author that I HIGHLY recommend are: "Universal Compassion" "Transform Your Life" "Joyful Path of Good Fortune" "The New Meditation Handbook"
They are all incredibly and immeasurably helpful for permanent benefit to all who wish to attain full awakening. HIGHLY Recommended!
we want a human rebirth. So there are an infinite number of possiblities once we reach a pure land. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
gives us instructions on how to do this. "Powa" is "transference
of counciousness." And most of you badly need this book! I badly need this book! I have this book. Buy this book! The
last half teaches us in the training of virtue. It is assumed that we want to make our transition in death easier. But what is really incredible is Gyatso's precise description of the death process and what happens afterwards. It's a map. Gyatso
is the best writer of Buddhism in the twentieth century. He is
simply a great man who has survived false accusations from the
henchmen of the Dali Lama. This book will make you steady and straight. You might find the visualiztion of powa extremely difficult at first. When ordering this book, also order "The
Medition Handbook" and "Joyful Path to Good Fortune" by the same author. Just do it. Just go ahead and do it.
Most of us are reluctant to think about death, but this book presents good reasons for why we need to prepare for it now; having that awareness does indeed make our life meaningful - and joyful too. I have heard many cancer patients say how the threat of dying soon has made their life better. I for one have been oblivious to how vulnerable I am.
There is a precise but concise description of the steps we can practice for when we're dying, which can also be used on behalf others, so that they have a better future - all of which are done with the Buddha of Compassion.
"Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully" includes in the appendices prayers for helping the dying and the deceased, as well as prayers for purifying our negative karma.
I also love all the line drawings of the Confession Buddhas.
This practice derives from the special presentation found in the Six Yogas of Naropa and this practice is derived from the lineage of these instuctions which passed through Je Tsongkapa, as Geshe Kelsang states in the book.
On a personal note, before, during and after my grandfather's death I was able to perform the included sadhanas, or prayers for the accomplishment of spiritual attainment, for him. I felt like I was repaying a small amount of the kindness he had shown me during the times when our lives overlapped. Also, my grandfather's death mirrored the process described in the book quite closely. That made me think!