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Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, yet nobody is dead," is going the Tibetan asserting. it's with those phrases that "Advice on loss of life" takes flight. utilizing a seventeenth-century poem written via a famous scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama attracts from a variety of traditions and ideology to discover the levels all of us battle through once we die, that are the exact same levels we event in existence once we fall asleep, faint, or succeed in orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death"). The phases are defined so vividly that we will think the method of touring deeper into the brain, at the final trip of transformation. during this method, His Holiness indicates us the right way to arrange for that point and, in doing so, the way to enhance our time in the world, die with out worry or disappointed, and effect the level among this existence and the subsequent in order that we might achieve the absolute best incarnation. As continually, the last word aim is to enhance alongside the trail to enlightenment. "Advice on death" is a vital software for reaching that everlasting bliss.

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THE STATUS OF THE LINEAGE OF THE PANCHEN LAMAS The First Panchen Lama, whose name was Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen, was a tutor of the Fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century. Prior to that time, even though he was an ordinary monk, the local people and his own teacher considered him to be an incarnation of a great Tibetan yogi, Ensaba. He may not have been one of the greatest scholars, but he was a great practitioner. Like his teacher Sangyay Yeshay; he had genuine respect for the other lineages of Buddhist practice.

An outlook of impermanence helps. Being aware of impermanence calls for disciplinetaming the mind-but this does not mean punishment, or control from the outside. Discipline does not mean prohibition; rather, it means that when there is a contradiction between long-term and short-term interests, you sacrifice the short-term for the sake of long-term benefit. This is self-discipline, which stems from ascertaining the cause and effect of karma. For example, for the sake of my stomach's returning to normal after my 43 ADVICE ON DYING recent illness, I am avoiding sour foods and cold drink that otherwise appear to be tasty and attractive.

It makes practical sense for you, just one being, to opt for taking care of many; but also, by concentrating on the welfare of others, you yourself will be happier. Compassion diminishes fright about your own pain and increases inner strength. It gives you a sense of empowerment, of being able to accomplish your tasks. It lends encouragement. Let me give you a small example. Recently; when I was in Bodh Gaya, I fell ill from a chronic intestinal infection. On the way to the hospital, the pain in my abdomen was severe, and I was sweating a great deal.

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