Living and Dying with Confidence - Praise
A daily companion for embracing life, preparing for death, and awakening to reality.
“The authors’ gentle, deductive approach returns death from the periphery of Western experience to the central question of existence every day… Seeks to cultivate an attitude in readers that will pay large dividends for those who follow the course.”—Publishers Weekly
“There is Buddhist saying: ‘If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.’ In other words, if we go beyond selfishness and the limitations of our ego, and open to compassion and connectedness toward others and all of sentient life, then what is there to die? Living and Dying with Confidence is a wonderful guidebook in this process. It reverses our culture's habit of denying death, and teaches us that in consciously and purposefully confronting death, life becomes enriched.”—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind
“What a beautiful companion! This book’s day-by-day encouragement is of great value for anyone exploring what it means to truly live.”—Koshin Paley Ellison, cofounder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside
“A remarkable, wise and uncannily personal book that guides us, day by day, to deepen our spiritual practice—enriching life and preparing us for death. Through skillful and subtle commentary, Rinpoche motivates, affirms and challenges us to grown. With an effective and accessible format, this straight-talking literary companion is a must-read, many times over!”—Deborah Schoeberlein David, author of Living Mindfully
“The authors of Living and Dying with Confidence tell it like it is. We’re in bodies, and bodies get sick and age…and eventually die. Turning away in aversion from this very condition of life itself can be the source of tremendous suffering and unhappiness. In this beautifully crafted book, the authors gently help the reader accept life’s realities with courage and compassion. They offer a hands-on, year-long lesson plan in which, each day, the reader is given a contemplation, followed by a series of questions to explore and journal about. Guided by authors’ contemporary and timely interpretation of ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, readers will be set on the path toward freeing themselves from the suffering that accompanies aversion to death so they can embrace, with kindness and compassion, this precious human birth.”—Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick
“As inhabitants of this planet, one of the things we share in common is that we continuously come into being and depart again. So it is curious that death is still such a taboo subject, or at least an event that could happen to others but somehow never to ourselves or our loved ones. Anyen Rinpoche has skilfully woven the dharma teachings into these everyday contemplations on death which will be very beneficial especially for those in denial or dealing with loss. This is a handbook of daily instruction to prepare us all for our inevitable separations, losses and death and at the same time nurture the appreciation that all these situations are essential ingredients on the spiritual path.”—Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery