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Publisher's Summary

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a contemporary spiritual masterpiece and source of sacred inspiration that interprets Tibetan Buddhism for the West.

Sogyal Rinpoche presents a radically new vision of living and dying. He shows how to go beyond our fear and denial of death to discover what it is in us that survives death and is changeless. Rinpoche explains simple yet powerful practices that listeners can use to transform their lives, prepare for death, and help the dying.

©1992 Rigpa Fellowship (P)1995 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A gentle, humane, and eloquent guide." ( Guardian)
"As a guide to the Tibetan tradition and its insights into life and death, Sogyal Rinpoche is without peer. . . .Sogyal Rinpoche. . .has delivered the Tibetan equivalent of The Divine Comedy." ( New York Times Book Review)

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Great book, life changing brakin gpoint.

This is a book that I consider a life changing braking point, it guided me trough the death process of my son and is now guiding me through many aspects of my life. At the time I bought a hard copy, and I'm enjoying listening to it. This is a must read in this life. I thank Sagoyal for his great compassionate efforts to teach this knowledge.

The audio of this recording y s very good.This is a book that I consider a life changing braking point, it guided me trough the death process of my son and is now guiding me through many aspects of my life. At the time I bought a hard copy, and I'm enjoying listening to it. This is a must read in this life. I thank Sagoyal for his great compassionate efforts to teach this knowledge.

The audio of this recording y s very good.

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Not very helpfull for everyday life

What disappointed you about The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

It seems to be mostly about helping people who are dying, and does not offer a lot of insight in to how to deal with everyday life and the difficulties of dealing with ego, which is the main source of suffering.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sogyal Rinpoche again?

Maybe, what makes me hesitant is that I found out he rapes his female students, or at least uses his position as a master to have sex with him. Several times he was summoned to court for this. This shows that he is apparently not capable of being a good master and that makes his teachings less pure I would think.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked the performance.

What character would you cut from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

none, it's not applicable.

Any additional comments?

If you look for enlightenment, any book from Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie, Eckhart tolle or the Dalay Lama will do better.

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  • jeremyshaw991
  • 04-06-11

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

A beautiful book to listen to, as well as read. I read this book a while ago and felt a shift within myself, and in listening to this book, it was there again - I can recommend it to anyone who is looking for a deeper understanding to how this powerful illusion is working and who desires to live without FEAR.

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  • SJRod
  • 07-27-17

Amazing

So much content. impossible to grasp it all in one reading. Another great lists. that I must listen to over and over to understand and get all the detail.

I loved the performance reading.

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  • Stephen Dunn
  • 02-23-16

A fantastic book, but is not the full text

This is a wonderful book, and I have read it many times as a text.

I thought I would try the audiobook as it is narrated by the author, and John Cleese.

I think it would be helpful if audible highlighted more clearly that this is abridged, and so is not the full text. Having said that it was definitely worth the credits.

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  • rezwana
  • 07-14-13

some people wished they had lived,only when dead

What did you like most about The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

This book is for all,with an open mind looking for pathways to a meaningful existance

What other book might you compare The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying to, and why?

personal development,with an understanding of your soul

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

you are the focus ,you can choose to be happy or miserable

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

deep reflection ,i am responsible for my life ,my emotions,my reactions to others.
i created all the wonderful things in my life,i also created the mess,i need to clean up my own mess. healing the wounded part of me that creates it.

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  • Giggi
  • 02-24-13

Not the same text as the printer version

My TBOLD has 400+ pages but this audible text is completely different from my book. The picture of the front page is identical to the printed version though... I find it quite confusing and you should explain this to potential buyers. I did not check the total time so once I did, I realised that there is something wrong as there is no way to read 400+ pages in less than 7 hrs. Otherwise the text is interesting, I do like it but again - am not sure what I bought.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 05-22-11

Transformative

This is the single most useful gift I was ever given. I rate it purely on the sections read by Soygal Rinpoche whose voice seems to resonate with the peace and compassion he is teaching. Some of the other sections can feel a bit long but all contain useful advice for living and dying. It has changed my life. Even if it doesn't change yours it's worth it just to hear John Cleese being serious

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  • Graham
  • 07-06-12

I dont know

I liked this book. And I enjoyed hearing it. It speaks about many aspects of Buddhism. Amongst many other areas, it mentions the relationship between the master and the disciple, and how important this is. And the Buddhist view of sex is clear, as part of the craving for sense pleasures.

And one would normally expect a teacher to practice what they teach?

So google Sogyal Rinpoche, and the various sex scandals which have been reported. And decide for yourself if you wish to hear this book.

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  • John
  • 02-10-14

A wasted credit!

Would you try another book written by Sogyal Rinpoche or narrated by the narrators?

No

What could Sogyal Rinpoche have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Paid me to listen to it

How could the performance have been better?

Read it to real people to gauge their reactions

What character would you cut from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying?

All of the nonsense

Any additional comments?

I was interested in the philosophical concepts involved from an academic viewpoint. What I got was a nutty load of nonsense preaching.

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  • Mr. S. P. Tinslay
  • 09-29-16

Perfect accompaniment to the book.

This is a great resource and adjunct to The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Great for listening to when commuting, walking, or for quiet periods of reflection and study. The audio book is read by Sogyal Rinpoche himself, as well as John Cleese of Monty Python fame, and some other suitable and appropriate voices. There is quite a lot of Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom presented here, so depending on where you are on your journey on the path, beginner, curious, student, non student, or for those wanting some wisdom to get them through some difficult life events, or the loss of a loved one, there is much wisdom and heart food to be had here. But don't take my advice at face value. Try it for yourself. As the Buddha always said, don't take what I say as the truth, try it out in your own life. I do highly recommended it though. :-)

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  • Anesu Garande
  • 05-19-15

Wow.

No words to describe. Amazing book.

Makes me not fear the unknown anymore. A must read!!!

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  • Janina quinn
  • 11-20-17

Started off good. ..

I was quite enjoying this until I googled Sogyal Rinpoche. After reading about author, I could not go on to finish the rest.

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  • Martin
  • 03-31-18

Distracting voices

I'm sorry, I found the different voices to jar with each other. Also, if reading well is a challenge, don't record an Audio book

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  • jason
  • 11-21-17

Interesting book

I found this book an interesting listen especially the parts discussing the afterlife. I would recommend this book for anyone going through the loss of a loved one or anybody interested in the Tibetan Buddhist views of the afterlife.