5. The future Buddha, Maitreya, is in fact portrayed sitting on a


6. You may not be following this practice now, but keeping the

eyes open creates an auspicious condition for your practicing it in the

future. See Chapter 10, "The Innermost Essence."

7. See Appendix 4 for an explanation of this mantra.

8. Although I have given here a full instruction on the practice, it

should be borne in mind that meditation cannot truly be learned

from a book, but only with the guidance of a qualified teacher.

9. Rainer Maria Rilke in Duino Elegies,

10. Lewis Thompson, Mirror to the Light (Coventure).


1. Adapted from the "Middle Length Sayings," quoted in H. W.

Schumann, The Historical Buddha (London: Arkana, 1989), 54-55.

2. Quoted in Hans TenDam, Exploring Reincarnation (London:

Arkana, 1990), 377. Other figures in the West in modern history who

have apparently believed in rebirth have included: Goethe, Schiller,

Swedenborg, Tolstoy, Gauguin, Mahler, Arthur Conan Doyle, David

Lloyd George, Kipling, Sibelius, and General Patton.

3. Some Buddhist scholars prefer the word rebirth to "reincarnation,"

which they feel implies the notion of a "soul" that incarnates,

and it is therefore not appropriate to Buddhism. The American statistics

for belief in reincarnation appear in: George Gallup Jr., with

William Proctor, Adventures in Immortality: A Look Beyond the Threshold

of Death (London; Souvenir, 1983). A poll in the London Sunday Telegraph,

April 15, 1979, indicated that 28 percent of British people

believed in reincarnation.

4. Joan Forman, The Golden Shore (London: Futura, 1989), 159-63.

5. Ian Stevenson, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (Charlottesville:

Univ. of Virginia Press, 1974); Cases of the Reincarnation

Type, vols. 1-4 (Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press, 1975-1983);

Children Who Remember Previous Lives (Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia

Press, 1987).

6. Kalsang Yeshi, "Kamaljit Kour: Remembering a Past Life," in

Dreloma, no. 12 (New Delhi, June 1984): 25-31.

7. Raymond A. Moody, Jr., Life After Life (New York: Bantam,

1986), 94.

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

Experience (Boston and London: Arkana, 1985), 105.

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

of the Near-Death Experience (New York: Quill, 1985), 156.

10. Interestingly Mozart, in a letter to his father, referred to death

as "the true and best friend of humanity ... the key which unlocks

the door to our true state of happiness." "At night," he wrote, "I

never lie down in my bed without thinking that perhaps (young as I

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