By Bokar Rinpoche

Milarepa, the prince of yogis used to sing: the terror of demise has led me to the snowcapped mountains. at the uncertainty of the instant of my demise i've got reflected hence i've got reached the immortal stronghold of actual essence My worry has vanished into the gap.

Later, the good sufi poet, Jalal Od-Din Rumi was once to claim: "Our demise is our marriage ceremony with eternity."

Not see you later in the past Sri Ramana Maharishi, the clever guy of Arunachala wrote the next in a single of his infrequent books. those that worry dying intensely in simple terms take shelter on the ft of the excellent Lord whom neither loss of life nor start can provoke. lifeless to themselves and to all possessions, how may well the idea of demise come up inside of them? they're immortal!

We will most likely by no means be as convinced as those elegant beings. At most sensible we'll have desire and at worst we'll adventure the affliction of nothingness.

Death who're you? What do you've in shop for us? Will you finish with all encompassing darkness the fleeting moments of a number of a long time of existence? Will you open a window onto different worlds, different splendors and different hells for us? From the scientist for whom knowledge and mind are irremediably associated with the sage who in this lifetime has learned immortality, there are lots of responses.

Buddhism asserts that beings live to tell the tale without end past the impermanent fluctuations of this lifestyles. demise isn't really a definitive finish yet only a passage to 1 of the 3 different states: - a rebirth on this planet of people or in one other global of the cycle of conditioned lifestyles the place a relentless circulation of joys and affliction is going on; - the access right into a "pure land", area of luminous manifestation as we will see as this e-book unfolds; - the flowering of the final word nature of being as a natural, non- twin, limitless all-knowing and all-loving awareness, also known as Buddhahood.

It takes a life-time of work to organize for those achievements. still, whilst time comes, there's an "art of dying", an ars moriendi because it used to be acknowledged within the heart a long time. Such often is the major thrust of this paintings even if a normal description of demise needed to be supplied and is inside the first bankruptcy. the true factor, the only from the place it is going to be unnecessary to divert oneself with superb theories is as follows: how do we flip our loss of life right into a optimistic growth? Such was once the query we requested Bokar Rinpoche and which he replied within the certain body of Buddhism and, extra quite, in the Tibetan culture. one other crucial factor is how do we accompany those who find themselves leaving sooner than us and what will we supply them in terms of a delightful trip? As curious it could possibly look while facing a topic like this, this e-book is meant to be more effective than philosophical. might this booklet make sure that our final second can be the main beautiful.

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Moreover, the II1rI ni fes tation of appearances is directly connected with the possib ility of liberation from the bardos. There are three ways to attain liberation through the /lflrdos. First, when fear or even panic is experienced, one .. hould know that this fea r arises because of the confusion ,IOd d istorted views with which we consider things. You l'itn be free of fear. If you recogn ize that whatever arises is not separa te from the essence of your own mind , you will he ab le to experience liberation from these manifestations.

Question: Several studies have been done recently on people who, apparently dead, have come back to life after a short while. m inert body. -oming towa rd them. None have ever spent three and a half days in unconsciousness. Do they really experience temporary death or ;5 it something else? Answer: Yes, it is a death experience in which the period of unconsciousness does not take place. The descriptions of the bardo give a general framework but do not preclude many other possibilities. ' A kRlfJII is a ( osmic era.

You have the possibility of experi encing liberation trom the bardos. What arises in the bardos, in the form of lh'ities. images, thoughts, and sounds is no other than a projection or reflection of you r own mind . Moreover, the II1rI ni fes tation of appearances is directly connected with the possib ility of liberation from the bardos. There are three ways to attain liberation through the /lflrdos. First, when fear or even panic is experienced, one .. hould know that this fea r arises because of the confusion ,IOd d istorted views with which we consider things.

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