Mind Beyond Death
An indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death, Mind Beyond Death weaves a synthesis of wisdom remarkable in its scope. With warm informality and profound understanding of the Western mind, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos—the intervals of life, death, and beyond—completely available to the modern reader.
Drawing on a breathtaking range of material, Mind Beyond Death shows us how the bardos can be used to conquer death. Working with the bardos means taking hold of life and learning how to live with fearless abandon. Exploring all six bardos—not just the three bardos of death—Mind Beyond Death demonstrates that the secret to a good journey through and beyond death lies in how we live.
Walking skillfully through the bardos of dream, meditation, and daily life, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us deep into the mysterious death intervals, introducing us to their dazzling mindscape. This tour de force gives us the knowledge to transform death, the greatest obstacle, into the most powerful opportunity for enlightenment. With both nuts-and-bolts meditation techniques and brilliant illumination, Mind Beyond Death offers a clear map and a sturdy vehicle that will safely transport the reader through the challenging transitions of this life and the perilous bardos beyond death.
"One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation… In this priceless and immensely practical guide, the complete spectrum of the Buddhist teachings on death is explained by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche with remarkable clarity and thoroughness."
—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
"Very few things are more important than helping people come to terms with death—how to think about it, prepare oneself and others for it, and, just in case, navigate it oneself when the time comes. It is the great secret way to enrich one's life, to live more vibrantly, happily, and lovingly. Ponlop Rinpoche's excellent book, Mind Beyond Death, is a great contribution. Read it and it will open doors for you into a new vision of life."
—Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor, Columbia University; translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead
"This is the most significant work in English on the six bardos since the publication of transcripts of two seminars given many years ago by my guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Now, once again, these wonderful teachings are illuminated by the deep wisdom and compassion of a genuine master."
—Francesca Fremantle, author of Luminous Emptiness: A Guide to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and translator (with Chogyam Trungpa) of The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo
"It is timely that The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a Tibetan lineage master learned in the ways of the West and in the English language, has bestowed on us a direct and fresh explanation of the bardo principles that transcends the distance of translation. In writing Mind Beyond Death…Rinpoche's words light the way for us, offering us guidance in this life, the next life, and the bardos in between."
—Ven. Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, from the Foreword of Mind Beyond Death
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of the foremost scholars and educators of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. An accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet, he is also well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is the primary architect for the many websites under the Nalandabodhi/Nitartha umbrella and publisher of Bodhi magazine, an internationally distributed Buddhist periodical. He is the author of Wild Awakening (2003) and Penetrating Wisdom (2006).