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Living Without Regret: growing old in the light of Tibetan Buddhist teachings
Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is one of life’s major challenges. In Living Without Regret, Arnaud Maitland, a longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, reveals how his grief over the loss of his mother, who died of Alzheimer’s, deepened his ability to apply the Buddhist teachings in his own life. The poignant account leads us through turbulent emotions such as feelings of helplessness, guilt, anger, confusion, despair, and fear, while grounding the personal narrative in a larger framework of Buddhist teachings on impermanence, suffering, and the development of wisdom and compassion.
It is never too late to heal the past: We can inhabit and transform even the most difficult life situations, including death and our own seemingly fatal mistakes. The wisdom of the Buddhist teachings helps us to strengthen awareness and develop our inner resources. The author encourages readers to reflect on their own lives, and learn to face challenges as they arise.
“The book is not just a moving report on the illness and departure of his mother, but also an excellent introduction to Buddhism, on a level that is comparable to the books of the Dalai Lama and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche.” —GP Press-Services, Holland
“Through his exceptionally lucid style, Maitland succeeds in touching and uplifting the reader with clear and sharp metaphors. He has an outstanding ability to sketch complex matters in a condensed and accessible way. . . this is a book of great actuality, and of rare quality.” —J. Hodenius, Dutch Central Library Service