Wholesome Fear: Transforming Your Anxiety About Impermanence and Death [NOOK Book]

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The subject of death makes a lot of people uneasy. Most of us just don't know much about death -- especially how to handle it and how to prepare for it -- and we may feel anxious and afraid whenever we start to contemplate either the death of a loved one or our own death. But as Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, tells us in this powerful and moving little book, our anxiety can be a "wholesome fear" -- one that ultimately ...
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Wholesome Fear: Transforming Your Anxiety About Impermanence and Death

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Overview

The subject of death makes a lot of people uneasy. Most of us just don't know much about death -- especially how to handle it and how to prepare for it -- and we may feel anxious and afraid whenever we start to contemplate either the death of a loved one or our own death. But as Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, tells us in this powerful and moving little book, our anxiety can be a "wholesome fear" -- one that ultimately enriches and nourishes our life by leaving us no choice to but to face difficult truths and live more authentically because of them. Truly, we can use the challenges that surround death and dying as spurs to take up the practices right now that will lead to peace and compassion and joy -- ultimately, to a good life, and, when the time inevitably comes, a good death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861719440
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 12/10/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,242,233
  • File size: 648 KB

Meet the Author

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and affiliated projects, including Wisdom Publications. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in the village of Thami in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest. His books include Transforming Problems into Happiness, How to Be Happy, and Ultimate Healing. He lives in Aptos, California.

Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1974. She is a respected and inspiring teacher in the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide organization of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction Kathleen McDonald 1

Wholesome Fear

Section I Impermanence and Death

The Truth of Impermanence 23

The Advantages of Remembering Death 26

Death and Dharma 28

The Disadvantages of Not Remembering Death 31

Meditating on Impermanence 33

Section II Meditation on Death

The Truth of Impermanence 39

The Nine-Point Meditation on Death 41

The Truth that Death Is Definite 43

The Truth that the Time of Death Is Uncertain 45

The Truth of the Efficacy of the Dharma 48

Ripples on a Lake 51

The Death of the Buddha 52

Remembering the Deaths of Those You've Known 53

A Story of Realizing Impermanence 55

The Time to Practice Is Now 57

The Five Powers 58

Section III The Process of Dying

Dissolution of the Elements and Aggregates; Visions at the Time of Death 65

Ordinary Deaths and the Deaths of Great Yogis 69

What Great Yogis Experience at the Time of Death 70

The Intermediate-State Body 72

Section IV Meditation and Dedications

Die with Bodhichitta 77

Tonglen-The Practice of Taking and Giving 79

Giving Your Body Away 83

Dedicating Merit 87

Conclusion 88

More Meditations Kathleen McDonald

Meditation on Impermanence 91

Meditation on the Inevitability of Death 95

Meditation on the Uncertainty of the Time of Death 99

Meditation on What Helps at the Time of Death 103

OM AH HUM Purification Meditation 108

Meditation on the Four Opponent Powers 112

Tonglen Using One's Own Problem 116

Tonglen for Another Person's Problem 118

Medicine Buddha Meditation 120

Appendixes: How to Begin Meditating Right Now

Advice for Beginners 127

Posture 131

Meditation on the Breath 134

Appreciating Our Human Life139

Common Problems in Meditation 146

Recommended Reading 153

About the Authors 155

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    This very concise book will open readers' eyes.

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