Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Sogyal Rinpoche & The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


Tsoknyi Rinpoche teaching in Lerab Ling, France

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, renowned Tibetan Buddhist master and author of three books, Open Heart, Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, and Fearless Simplicity, shares his thoughts on Sogyal Rinpoche and his legacy in writing The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying:

“Sogyal Rinpoche is a great teacher who was born in Tibet and nurtured by all the great masters of our time, especially Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He also received teachings from my father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

Rinpoche has inherited all the ancient Dharma teachings and practiced them under the guidance of these great beings. Then after he came to the West, he deeply studied the language, the way of thinking and the psychology of people in the modern world.

I have always admired how he has made every effort to bring the Buddhist teachings into the modern world, and tried his best to eliminate basic human suffering.

He did this especially through his book, the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which continues to help so many people around the world. Wherever I go, people talk about it. How, for example, when someone in their family has passed away, they go through the book and it benefits them so much. This book benefits both those who are passing away, and those who are alive. I really believe that this book is tremendously helpful for many thousands and millions of people and for that reason I am really happy.”


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2 Responses to “Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Sogyal Rinpoche & The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”
  1. rita says:

    I have instructed my husband to give a copy of this book to everyone who attends my funeral. I am not dying yet( but we are all dying in some small way) and eventually big way everyday. I read and read this book ( 18 times) it’s my bible and I am forever indebted to Soygal for the purity and clarity of mind he abides in to be able to transmit these complex truths to an everyday person like myself. I was a student of Barry Long for many years. Barry unpacks the truth of being for westerners in a unique and powerful way. Soygal is the only other person I have come across who transmission is pure and instantly accessible. Thank you Soygal, my heart lights up with the truth you share every line, word, paragraph of the diamond you have bought to the earth to assist all who are fortunate to come across it You make it so simple and clear to understand how we are the authors of our own lives by the thoughts and actions we take. Thank you!

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