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The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace : Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism - His Holiness The Dalai Lama

The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

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'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.


Made me think


My intention was to learn more about the Buddhist way of life. This book has provided insight into that it has also made me reflect on my own values and behavior. I hope that I can change for the better. The book starts a bit slowly, don't give up keep reading and really think about what has been said

north east victoria


A spiritual practice guide for Buddhists


This Classic Buddhist text describes the stages of spiritual development necessary for living and dying in peace. Although clearly written, it is a Scholarly text and requires some understanding of Buddhist philosophy. The Dalai Lama has written it I for Buddhist monks and nuns and some of the later chapters are not really relevant for lay people. Nevertheless they are an interesting insight into the mindset required to work toward Buddhahood. This is an older work and seems a bit old-fashioned In parts. His books for Westerners have assumed a more up-to-date approach. Well worth purchasing to add to other Buddhist texts, but perhaps not for beginners.

Melbourne, Australia.


The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

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Editor's Preface vii
Introduction ix
Chapter 1: The Awakening Mind p. 1
Chapter 2: Dying in Peace p. 26
Chapter 3: Living with Purpose p. 47
Chapter 4: The Mindful Life p. 70
Chapter 5: Patience p. 92
Chapter 6: Creating Self-Confidence p.110
Chapter 7: The Meditator's Practice p.135
Chapter 8: Wisdom p.165
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ISBN: 9780007899074
ISBN-10: 0007899076
Series: Dalai Lama titles
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 1st January 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13  x 1
Weight (kg): 0.15