the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibet

Death is a vast mystery, but there are two things we can say about it: It is absolutely certain that we will die, and it is uncertain when or how we will die. The only surety we have, then, is this uncertainty about the hour of our death, which we seize on as the excuse to postpone facing death directly. We are like children who cover their eyes in a game of hide-and-seek and think that no one can see them. For all its technological achievements, modern Western society has no real understanding of death or what happens in death or after death.

Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibet

Buddhist teacher & founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, international network of Buddhist centers. Author of 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'.

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