4. Jose Antonio Lutzenberger quoted in the London Sunday Times,

March 1991.

5. Robert A. F. Thurman in "MindScience": An East-West Dialogue

(Boston: Wisdom, 1991), 55.

6. Samsara is the uncontrolled cycle of birth and death in which

sentient beings, driven by unskillful actions and destructive emotions,

repeatedly perpetuate their own suffering. Nirvana is a state beyond

suffering, the realization of the ultimate truth, or Buddhahood.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche says: "When the nature of mind is recognized,

it is called nirvana. When it is obscured by delusion, it is

called samsara."


1. Michel de Montaigne, The Essays of Michel de Montaigne, translated

and edited by M. A. Screech (London: Allen Lane, 1991), 95.

2. Milarepa, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, vol. 2, translated

by Garma C. C. Chang (Boston: Shambhala, 1984), 634.

3. Songs of Spiritual Change: Selected Works of the Seventh Dalai

Lama, translated by Glenn H. Mullin (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion,

1982), 61.

4. Kenneth Ring, Heading Towards Omega: In Search of the Meaning

of the Near-Death Experience (New York: Quill, 1985), 69.

5. Raymond Moody, Jr., MD., Life After Life (New York: Bantam,

1976), 65-67.

6. Ring, Heading Towards Omega, 67.

7. In the Mahaparinirvana Sutra.

8. Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters (New York: Bantam,

1980), 197.


1. Kenneth Ring, Heading Towards Omega: In Search of the Meaning

of the Near-Death Experience (New York: Quill, 1985), 99.

2. Margot Grey, Return from Death: An Exploration of the Near-Death

Experience. (London: Arkana, 1985), 97.

3. Dr. R. G. Owens and Freda Naylor, G.P., Living While Dying

(Wellingborough, England: Thorsons, 1987), 59.

4. Tibet has its own traditional system of natural medicine, and its

own particular understanding of disease. Tibetan doctors recognize

certain disorders that are difficult for medicine alone to cure, so they

recommend spiritual practices along with medical treatment. Patients

who follow this practice are in many cases healed completely; at the

very least they will become more receptive to the treatment they are

being given.

5. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Rest in Natural Great Peace: Songs of

Experience (London: Rigpa, 1987), 27.

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