Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, yet nobody is dead," is going the Tibetan asserting. it's with those phrases that "Advice on loss of life" takes flight. utilizing a seventeenth-century poem written via a popular scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama attracts from quite a lot of traditions and ideology to discover the phases all of us wade through once we die, that are the exact same levels we adventure in lifestyles once we nod off, faint, or achieve orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death"). The levels are defined so vividly that we will be able to think the method of touring deeper into the brain, at the final trip of transformation. during this approach, His Holiness indicates us find out how to organize for that point and, in doing so, the way to increase our time on the earth, die with out worry or disillusioned, and impression the level among this existence and the following in order that we might achieve the absolute best incarnation. As consistently, the final word objective is to develop alongside the trail to enlightenment. "Advice on loss of life" is an important device for reaching that everlasting bliss.

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Recently; when I was in Bodh Gaya, I fell ill from a chronic intestinal infection. On the way to the hospital, the pain in my abdomen was severe, and I was sweating a great deal. The car was passing through the area of Vulture Peak (Buddha taught here) where the villagers are extremely 53 ADVICE ON DYING poor. In general, Bihar State is poor, but that particular area is even more so. I did not even see children going to or coming from school. Just poverty. And sickness. I have a very clear memory of a small boy with polio, who had rusty metal braces on his legs and metal crutches up to his armpits.

Of life's one hundred years, the early portion is spent as a child and the final portion is spent in old age, often just like an animal feeding and sleeping. In 41 ADVICE ON DYING between, there might be sixty or seventy years to be used meaningfully. As Buddha said: Half of the life is taken up with sleep. Ten years are spent in childhood. Twenty years are lost in old age. Out of the remaining twenty years, sorrow, complaining, pain, and agitation eliminate much time, and hundreds of physical illnesses destroy much more.

First, your perspective extends to include future lives; then by thoroughly understanding your own plight, your perspective deepens to include all of the round of suffering from one life to another, called cyclic existence or samsara. Finally this understanding can be extended to others, through the compassionate wish that all sentient beings be freed from suffering and the causes of suffering. This compassion drives you to aspire to Buddhahood. You have to be concerned with deeper aspects of life that affect future lives before understanding the full nature of suffering and cyclic existence.

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