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

By Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, yet not anyone is dead," is going the Tibetan announcing. it's with those phrases that "Advice on death" takes flight. utilizing a seventeenth-century poem written by way of a well-known scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama attracts from a variety of traditions and ideology to discover the levels all of us struggle through once we die, that are the exact same levels we adventure in lifestyles after we nod 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 exhibits us the right way to organize for that point and, in doing so, tips on how to increase our time on the earth, die with no worry or disenchanted, and impact the level among this existence and the following in order that we may possibly achieve the absolute best incarnation. As continuously, the final word objective is to increase alongside the trail to enlightenment. "Advice on loss of life" is a necessary instrument for achieving that everlasting bliss.

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This is very important, for then you can achieve success in keeping with your greatest capacity. Mere knowledge of the process of death and practices concerned with it is not sufficient; you must gain familiarity with these over months and years. If now, when the senses are still clear and mindfulness has not degenerated, your mind is not made serviceable to and familiar with the way of virtue, it will be difficult-when dying-for the mind to proceed of its own accord on a strange path. When dying, you may be physically weak from illness and mentally depressed from terrible fear.

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.

When I first met him around 1952, he was very innocent, very sincere, and very bright. In 1954, the year when we both went to China, he came from western Tibet to join me in lhasa, the capital, for a few days. ROM fEAR and I went through Kongpo. Perhaps due to the disgruntlement of some of his officials, his attitude changed a little. In 1956, at the celebration of Buddha's 2500th birthday when we were both in India, there were still small indications of this. However, because very sad events-battles with Chinese troops-took place in 1957 and 1958 in the two eastern provinces, Amdo and Kham, information about atrocities carried out by the Chinese army finally reached him.

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