Part One: How to think about death and reincarnation Part Two: How we go from one life to the next Part Three: Practices to do in the months and weeks before death Part Four: Practices to do in the hours and days after the breath has stopped Part Five: Practices to do after the mind has left the body Part Six: The practices in numerical order.
Here Lama Zopa Rinpoche provides detailed advice on how best to prepare ourselves to face the inevitable end of our own and our loved ones' lives with courage, grace, and a mind free of fear. With great care, Rinpoche explains what to do in the months, weeks, and days that precede death, as well as how to handle the moment itself, and the mantras, prayers, and meditations that must follow the death of a loved one. The practices one needs to be prepared to face death are handily included between the covers of this thoroughly pragmatic volume, making this an essential reference for Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, caregivers, hospice workers, or chaplains. This new edition has been restructured to make it easier for the reader to navigate and find which of 78 total practices they need, when they need it. It addresses diverse scenarios, such as sudden death and organ donation, and it gives adaptations in the cases of the death of meditators, of non-Buddhists, and of beloved pets. Those who are confused or at a loss at the prospect of a loved one's impending death will find in this book deep solace, with its wealth of rituals for making the ultimate transition a time of joy and meaning"-- Provided by publisher