Pure Land Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism

In a conversation with the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, I had the opportunity to discuss death and dying. In the Tibetan tradition, the teachings on this topic are vast, so I asked Rinpoche what should be emphasized in presenting this material to the West. His...
After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

What are the Bardos? The central orienting view in the Tibetan tradition of “thanatology” (the study of death and dying) is that of the bardos.  This Tibetan word “Bardo” is translated as “gap, interval, intermediate state, transitional process, or in...
What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Death?

What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Death?

Advice from 8 Buddhist Masters In the process of writing my book, “Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from a Tibetan Buddhist Tradition”I had the great opportunity to interview a number of Buddhist meditation masters. One of the questions I asked...
How Vipassana Meditation Helps Prepare for Death

How Vipassana Meditation Helps Prepare for Death

Just as shamatha meditation prepares the mind for the after death states, we can also look at how vipassana meditation helps prepare for death. One of the main themes in The Tibetan Book of the Dead is “recognition and liberation are simultaneous.” This relates to...
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