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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781611808070
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $31.99

Living is Dying

How to Prepare for Death, Dying and Beyond



An insightful collection of teachings about death and dying to help face life’s greatest mystery calmly and with equanimity.

Lifetimes of effort go into organizing, designing, and structuring every aspect of our lives, but how many people are willing to contemplate the inevitability of death? Although dying is an essential part of life, it is an uncomfortable topic that most people avoid. With no idea what will happen when we die and a strong desire to sidestep the conversation, we make all kinds of assumptions.

Living Is Dying collects teachings about death and the bardos that have been passed down through a long lineage of brilliant Buddhist masters, each of whom went to great lengths to examine the process in minute detail. Renowned author and teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse responds to the most common questions he’s been asked about death and dying—exploring how one prepares for death, what to say to a loved one who is dying, and prayers and practices to use as a handhold when approaching the unknown territory of death. Whether you are facing death today or decades from now, preparing for it can help to allay your worst fears and help you appreciate what it means to be truly alive.

  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781611808070
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $31.99

About the author

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (Khyentse Norbu) is a Tibetan Buddhist lama who travels and teaches internationally and is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is the abbot of several monasteries in Asia and the spiritual director of meditation centres in Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He is also head of a Buddhist organization called Siddhartha’s Intent.

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