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Death and the Art of Dying in Tibetan Buddhism by Bokar Rinpoche

By Bokar Rinpoche

Milarepa, the prince of yogis used to sing: the phobia of demise has led me to the snowcapped mountains. at the uncertainty of the instant of my demise i've got reflected therefore i've got reached the immortal stronghold of precise essence My worry has vanished into the space. Later, the nice sufi poet, Jalal Od-Din Rumi used to be to claim: "Our demise is our marriage ceremony with eternity." now not goodbye in the past Sri Ramana Maharishi, the clever guy of Arunachala wrote the subsequent in a single of his infrequent books. those that worry demise intensely in simple terms take shelter on the toes of the ultimate Lord whom neither dying nor delivery can provoke. useless to themselves and to all possessions, how may possibly the idea of dying come up inside them? they're immortal! we'll in all likelihood by no means be as convinced as those elegant beings. At top we are going to have desire and at worst we are going to adventure the soreness of nothingness. loss of life who're you? What do you've gotten in shop for us? Will you finish with all encompassing darkness the fleeting moments of numerous many years of lifestyles? Will you open a window onto different worlds, different splendors and different hells for us? From the scientist for whom information and mind are irremediably associated with the sage who in this lifetime has learned immortality, there are lots of responses. Buddhism asserts that beings survive without end past the impermanent fluctuations of this existence. dying isn't a definitive finish yet only a passage to at least one of the 3 different states: - a rebirth on the planet of people or in one other international of the cycle of conditioned lifestyles the place a continuing move of joys and discomfort is going on; - the access right into a "pure land", area of luminous manifestation as we will see as this ebook unfolds; - the flowering of the final word nature of being as a natural, non- twin, limitless all-knowing and all-loving cognizance, often called Buddhahood. It takes a lifetime of work to organize for those achievements. still, while time comes, there's an "art of dying", an ars moriendi because it used to be stated within the heart a while. Such would be the major thrust of this paintings even if a normal description of dying needed to be supplied and is inside the first bankruptcy. the true factor, the single from the place will probably be unnecessary to divert oneself with effective theories is as follows: how will we flip our demise right into a optimistic enlargement? Such used to be the query we requested Bokar Rinpoche and which he replied within the special body of Buddhism and, extra quite, in the Tibetan culture. one other crucial factor is how do we accompany people who find themselves leaving earlier than us and what do we supply them in terms of a delightful trip? As curious it might probably look while facing a topic like this, this booklet is meant to be more effective than philosophical. may perhaps this e-book make sure that our final second is usually the main appealing.

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In the realm of illusion, these deities are located in the body. Forty-two peaceful deities are in the heart and fiftyeight wrathful deities are in the brain. From the ultimate point of view, these deities appear only through the power of manifestation of our mind. In reality, one cannot say that such a deity is located in one place or another. Our body is also an emanation of our mind and all phenomena appear through the power of manifestation of the mind. Question: What are the characteristics of the Jive feminine Buddhas?

It is not possible for us to perceive the five Buddhas. Similarly, the five constitutive elements of the body are of divine nature and the five feminine Buddhas are their pure essence. • The solid components of the body, as previously stated, flesh, bones, and so on, correspond to the earth element. The pure essence of earth is the feminine Buddha Buddhalocana; • The liquid components of the body are blood, phlegm, and so on, corresponding to the water element. The pure essence of water is the feminine Buddha Mamaki; -56- • Temperature corresponds to the fire element.

The mind of the bardo has no body in the material, physical sense, but does have a mental body endowed with sense faculties similar to ours. This mental body can move at the speed of thought and in an instant reach out anywhere in the universe. All kinds of frightening phenomena occur during this bardo of becoming, in particular, lights and sounds. Terrifying sounds are heard, such as the din of a tumbling mountain, the crashing of storm waves on the ocean, the - 29- crackling noise of fire, and the howling of wind.

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