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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

By: Sogyal Rinpoche
Narrated by: John Cleese,Susan Skipper,Peri Eagleton,Sogyal Rinpoche
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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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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.

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Not the full book

I read this profound book many years back and looked forward to listening to it om Audible but was very disappointed.
Firstly this is not thd full book so i feel the flow is broken and feels unfinished and jolting from chapter to chapter.
The narrotors are poor and too different. there is a small piece read by Sogyal himself which was nice to hear.
i recommend to not buy and i would jave returned it but wanted to review it to let people know it is not the book as bought in hardcopy and so do not buy audible version

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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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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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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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Buddha talking though a master

love this book it shaped me and my knowledge of the Buddhist system, I would of never made this deep connection with my journey without it

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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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    3 out of 5 stars

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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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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I could not access this book to listen even though

I could not listen to this book even though I paid for it and its downloaded it won't play, any suggestions?

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