Realizing Our Ultimate Nature

Here is a short extract of a recent teaching Sogyal Rinpoche gave in Paris. You can find more of Sogyal Rinpoche’s recent teachings as they become available at The most important point is for us to realize our ultimate nature—to purify our perception and realize the essence of our mind. How exactly can we […]

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How Do You do it?


How do you bring the teachings of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying into your daily life? To continue the celebration of 20 years of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, over the next few weeks we’re asking you to send in stories about how–in even just the smallest of ways–you bring the […]

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The Book is a Teacher in Itself

How is it possible to sincerely follow the teachings when we neither  have a teacher close to us, nor belong a supporting group? In a recent teaching from a weekend programme in Barcelona, Sogyal Rinpoche gave this advice in response to a student’s question. Rinpoche explains that in the absence of a teacher–especially for those […]

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Nigel Westlake on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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Nigel Westlake, award-winning Australian composer featured last month’s post ‘A Symphony of Living and Dying‘, shares his moving personal story: “In June 2008, a dear friend gave me a copy of “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”following the tragic, violent & unexpected death of our youngest son, Eli. Over the next 12 months this […]

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Matteo Pistono: A few thoughts on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


Matteo Pistono, author of a new book called In the Shadow of the Buddha writes: “I first read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in a library at Kopan monastery in Kathmandu. It was in 1994, a year before I met Sogyal Rinpoche. I literally could not put the already dog-eared book down and […]

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