The Art of Living and Dying. The Heart-Essence of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

By Gabriele Maass 3 years ago

Friday, 16.09.2016 / 19:30 – 20:30 / Talk 

Sogyal Rinpoche

In this modern age many of us do not look at life and death as a whole. As a result, we become very attached to or focussed on this life, and we reject and deny death. Death becomes our ultimate fear—the last thing we want to look at.

The fundamental message of the Buddhist teachings is that, if we are prepared, there is tremendous hope, both in life and in death. The moment of death itself is seen as a tremendous opportunity, if we understand clearly what is happening and we have prepared well for it in life.

So often our own mortality is viewed as a kind of loss and defeat, or as something morbid to think about, but in fact, coming to terms with death means coming to terms with life, because death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.

Living with the immediacy of death challenges us to simplify our lives, sort out our priorities, and live meaningfully. In fact, if we can learn how to face death with serenity and confidence, then we will have learned the most important lesson of life: how to face ourselves, and so come to terms with ourselves, in the deepest possible sense, as human beings.

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