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

By Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, yet nobody is dead," is going the Tibetan announcing. it's with those phrases that "Advice on demise" takes flight. utilizing a seventeenth-century poem written via a well known scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama attracts from a variety of traditions and ideology to discover the phases all of us battle through after we die, that are the exact same phases we adventure in existence once we doze off, faint, or succeed in orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death"). The phases are defined so vividly that we will be able to think the method of touring deeper into the brain, at the final trip of transformation. during this means, His Holiness indicates us the way to organize for that point and, in doing so, find out how to enhance our time on the earth, die with out worry or dissatisfied, and effect the degree among this lifestyles and the subsequent in order that we might achieve the absolute best incarnation. As consistently, the final word target is to improve alongside the trail to enlightenment. "Advice on demise" is a vital device for achieving that everlasting bliss.

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But if as a tourist you make others happy during this short period, that is wise; when you yourself move on to your next place, you feel happy. If you create problems, even though you yourself do not encounter any difficulty during your stay; you will wonder what the use of your visit was. Of life's one hundred years, the early portion is spent as a child and the final portion is spent in old age, often just like an animal feeding and sleeping. In 41 ADVICE ON DYING between, there might be sixty or seventy years to be used meaningfully.

So, there is no need for frustration. Good fortune also is not permanent; consequently; there is no use for too much attachment when things are going well. An outlook of permanence ruins us: Even if you accept that there are furore lives, the present becomes your preoccupation, and the future takes on little import. This ruins a good opportunity when your life is endowed with the leisure and facilities to engage in productive practices. 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.

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. The car was passing through the area of Vulture Peak (Buddha taught here) where the villagers are extremely 53 ADVICE ON DYING poor. In general, Bihar State is poor, but that particular area is even more so. I did not even see children going to or coming from school. Just poverty. And sickness.

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