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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

Introduction to the Revised EditionIT IS NOW TEN YEARS SINCE The Tibetan Book of Livingand Dying was first published. In this book, I endeavoredto share something of the wisdom of the tradition I grew upin. I sought to show the practical nature of its ancient teachings,and the ways in which they can help us at every stage ofliving and dying. Many people, over the years, had urged meto write this book. They said that it would help relieve someof the intense suffering that so many of us go through in themodern world. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has pointedout, we are living in a society in which people find it harderand harder to show one another basic affection, and whereany inner dimension to life is almost entirely overlooked. It isno wonder that there is today such a tremendous thirst for thecompassion and wisdom that spiritual teachings can offer.It must have been as a reflection of this need that TheTibetan Book of Living and Dying was received with such enthusiasmaround the world. At first I was astonished: I had neverexpected it to have such an impact, especially since at thetime of writing this book, death was still very much a subjectthat was shunned and ignored. Gradually, as I traveled to differentcountries, teaching and leading workshops and trainingsbased on the teachings in this book, I discovered the extent towhich it had struck a chord in people's hearts. More and moreindividuals came up to me or wrote to tell me how theseteachings had helped them through a crisis in their lives orsupported them through the death of a loved one. And eventhough the teachings it contains may be unfamiliar, there arethose who have told me they have read this book severaltimes and keep returning to it as a source of inspiration. Afterreading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, a woman inMadras in India was so inspired that she founded a medicaltrust, with a hospice and palliative care center. Another personxt

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