Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, yet not anyone is dead," is going the Tibetan asserting. it truly is with those phrases that "Advice on loss of life" takes flight. utilizing a seventeenth-century poem written through a well-liked scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama attracts from a variety of traditions and ideology to discover the levels all of us battle through once we die, that are the exact same phases we adventure in lifestyles after we doze off, faint, or achieve orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death"). The phases are defined so vividly that we will be able to think the method of touring deeper into the brain, at the final trip of transformation. during this means, His Holiness indicates us tips on how to arrange for that point and, in doing so, how you can improve our time on the earth, die with no worry or dissatisfied, and effect the degree among this lifestyles and the following in order that we could achieve the very best incarnation. As consistently, the last word aim is to develop alongside the trail to enlightenment. "Advice on death" is a vital software for achieving that everlasting bliss.

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We use many levels of techniques for removing unwanted suffering in its superficial and deep forms, but it is mostly humans who engage in techniques in the earlier part of their lives to avoid suffering later on. Both those who do and do not practice religion seek over the course of their lives to lessen some sufferings and to remove others, sometimes even taking on pain as a means to overcome greater suffering and gain a measure ofhappiness. Everyone tries to remove superficial pain, but there is another class of techniques concerned with removing suffering on a deeper level-aiming at a minimum to diminish suffering in future lives and, beyond that, even to remove all forms of suffering for oneself as well as for all beings.

Ten years are spent in childhood. Twenty years are lost in old age. Out of the remaining twenty years, sorrow, complaining, pain, and agitation eliminate much time, and hundreds of physical illnesses destroy much more. To make life meaningful, acceptance of old age and death as parts of our life is crucial. Feeling that death is almost impossible just creates more greediness and more trouble--:-sometimes even deliberate harm to others. When we take a good look at how supposedly great personages-emperors, monarchs, and so forthbuilt huge dwelling places and walls, we see that deep inside their minds was an idea that they would stay in this life forever.

It was obvious that he had no one to look after him. I was very moved. A little later on, there was an old man at a tea stop, wearing only a dirty piece of cloth, fallen to the ground, left to lie there with no one to take care of him. Later, at the hospital, my thoughts kept circling on what I had seen, reflecting on how sad it was that here I had people to take care of me but those poor people had no one. where my thoughts went, rather than to my own suffering. Though sweat was pouring out of my body, my concern was elsewhere.

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