Death and Dying

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...

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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...

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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...

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Shamatha Meditation as a Preparation for Death

Shamatha Meditation as a Preparation for Death

What Is Shamatha Meditation? Shamatha meditation is a fundamental form of mindfulness meditation. Shamatha means “peaceful abiding”.”Mindfulness is the meditation common to all schools of Buddhism. It is the ground meditation upon which all...

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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.”...

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Karmic Implications of Suicide

Karmic Implications of Suicide

To address questions about the karmic implications of suicide, it helps to understand the four aspects of a fully established karma. What is a karmic action made of? How are the consequences of an act established? Even though the topic of karma has...

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Relating to Suicide from a Buddhist Perspective

Relating to Suicide from a Buddhist Perspective

The difficult topic of suicide and the depression that often triggers it are complex issues. Biological, cultural, social, and psychological causes all conspire to spark these tragic events. How can we relate to suicide from a Buddhist perspective?...

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Holding Environment for Dying

Holding Environment for Dying

There is a great deal we can do to help others as they die.  The best thing is to create a proper holding environment for dying. What is a Holding Environment? The idea of holding environments was created by the psychiatrist and pediatrician Donald...

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