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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Finding Sogyal Rinpoche

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A woman from San Diego in the USA shares her story: “I am 62 years old, and have practiced some form of Buddhism since I was 21.  I Married a Buddhist, and brought up 3 daughters in the Buddhist philosophy and practice.  However for 7 years, after my husband died in 1994, I wandered totally depleted […]

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A Symphony of Living and Dying

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When award winning music composer, performer and conductor Nigel Westlake from Australia, lost his 21 year old son Eli in 2008 in a tragic murder, he was devastated with grief. After many years of successful composition and performance, he wasn’t sure how he would be able to carry on his musical career.

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Hoping to Heal, Accepting Death

When do you hope to be healed, and when do you accept to die? This is a critical question for many faced with terminal or life-threatening diseases. From the moment of diagnosis, people are very raw and vulnerable. With some illnesses (such as cancer) people feel at times that they might live, and at times […]

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Meeting my Teacher and his Book of Wisdom

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Tshewang Yeden from Bhutan writes: “One of my friends once received a prize for her participation in an event. All of my friends, including myself, were excited to see what was really in the small rectangular gift bag. When she opened it, she was surprised to see a Buddhist book,

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