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Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation

Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek

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ISBN 10: 1573221961 / ISBN 13: 9781573221962
Published by Riverhead Hardcover, 2001
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Title: Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on ...

Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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It's what everyone wants to know-do I survive death? Where do I go? What do I become? Now, Rinpoche Gaelek, expert in the ancient teachings of reincarnation, helps us examine the four questions most of us ask ourselves: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we get there?

Good Life, Good Death is organized around these four questions and their surprising answers. Rinpoche Gaelek lays out his own personal experience and techniques, tested over the course of twenty-five hundred years, that teach us how to take control over our lives and our fears, now and for the future. He writes about the physical reality of dying; the mental reality; when death actually occurs (it's not when the heart and brain stop); where we go after death; and how we can know ahead of time where we're going. He demonstrates how Einstein's theories can help us understand Buddhist mechanics of living and dying. For the first time in English, he also shares stories from great masters who have returned from death-not after a few minutes as in near-death experiences, but after days and even weeks. In fact, like other Buddhist teachers he believes that near-death experiences are just that-near death, but not actually crossing over.


Stories of reincarnation, of eerie recognitions and unexplainable knowledge, send a shiver up the spine. In Good Life, Good Death, Rinpoche Nawang Gehlek, himself a proclaimed reincarnation of a lama of high stature, passes on some of the accumulated wisdom regarding the Buddhist notion of reincarnation. Whereas many Western teachers of Buddhism shy away from the topic or even deny it, Nawang Gehlek tells us, in very simple language, how reincarnation happens. Even more importantly, he teaches how to prepare for a good death and a good next life. In fact, the largest portion of the book is a primer on eliminating anger and attachment while cultivating patience and awareness. Transforming bad karma to good is the key to a favorable rebirth. Also important is eliminating the role of the ego, and Nawang Gehlek offers nine pithy arguments to "prove the ego wrong." Those looking for a technically detailed account of Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation should look elsewhere, for instance to the various versions of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Good Life, Good Death is a short, plainly spoken guide to the reality of dying and the possibility of a good reincarnation. And to this extent, it succeeds admirably. --Brian Bruya

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