Advice on Dying: and living well by taming the mind
In this ground-breaking book, the Dalai Lama advises us to gain familiarity with the process and practices of death so that when we are physically weak, our minds can still be focussed in the right direction, and in the right manner.
ADVICE ON DYING cautions us not to fall under the influence of the mistaken belief of permanence. We should not think that we have a lot of time in this life, because there is a great danger of wasting our lives in procrastination. He suggests we meditate on our lives, and on the indefiniteness of the time of death. For, though the time of our death is uncertain, death itself is certain...
This is an empowering and positive book and definitely not a morbid one. Says the Dalai Lama: 'You yourself are your own protector. Comfort and discomfort are in your own hands...'
Awareness of Death
Liberation from Fear
Preparing to Die
Removing the Obstacles for a Favourable Death
Gaining Favourable Conditions for the Time of Death
Meditating while Dying
The Inner Structure
The Clear Light of Death
Reacting to the Intermediate State
Taking a Positive Rebirth
Daily Reflections on the Poem