'Tomorrow or the next life, you never know which will come first.'
Bringing us closer to the essence of Buddhist teachings, and to his own peerless insight, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers his thoughts on achieving a meaningful life and peaceful death.
At the heart of his eloquent presentation is this lesson: by cultivating compassion, wisdom and positive thought in action - in short, by living a good life - we can approach death without fear or regret, and welcome our passage and rebirth.
Offering gentle direction to further illuminate that path, His Holiness provides straightforward practices and traditional Buddhist teachings on embracing our gift of human potential, on the acceptance of death and impermanence, and on the achievement of joy, peace and spiritual fulfilment in this lifetime.
About the Author
Born in 1935 into a farming family in North-eastern Tibet, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama was recognised early in his life as a reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama. By age four, he was enthroned in Lhasa. During the 1950s, the political stability of Tibet was threatened when China's People's Liberation Army entered the country and established a military presence.
Increased tensions put the life of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in danger, and in 1959, he fled the country at night to Dharamsala, India, where he established the Tibetan government in exile.