Tonglen: The Sacred Practice of Exchanging Ourselves for Others with Compassion

Of all the practices I know, the practice of Tonglen, which in Tibetan means “giving and receiving,” is one of the most useful and powerful. When you feel yourself locked in upon yourself, Tonglen opens you to the truth of the suffering of others; when your heart is blocked, it destroys those forces that are obstructing […]

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Trouver la voix

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En 1994, Patrick Gaffney qui a largement participé à la rédaction du Livre Tibétain de la Vie et de la Mort, nous raconta avec précision la genèse du livre : « LA MORT EST SOUVENT un sujet délicat. Un après-midi de mai, il y a trois ans, j’arrivai dans une toute petite gare à la limite de […]

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Living up to Death

Following the publication of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in 1992, Sogyal Rinpoche gave a series of inspiring and lively public talks as part of an international book tour. Here is a rare clip from one of these public talks, which also features an introduction by English actor and comedian John Cleese, star […]

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Finding the Voice

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In 1994, Patrick Gaffney, one of the main editors of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, gave an account of just how the book was written: “DEATH CAN OFTEN BE a sticky subject. One afternoon in May three years ago, I arrived at a tiny railway station on the borders of England and Wales. […]

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