A daily companion for embracing life, preparing for death, and awakening to reality.
Anyen Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master and teacher, and his longtime student and translator Allison Choying Zangmo present ancient and rich teachings on death in a contemporary, accessible manner. Learn how to release your attachments, embrace impermanence, cultivate virtue, and see the world as it really is—one day at a time.
Their practical, disciplined timeline encourages step-by-step development of qualities such as lovingkindness, compassion, generosity, and patience. Each day offers a short teaching followed by a specific, concrete exercise to help you reflect on and fully integrate the message.
Through vivid and evocative contemplative scenarios and action items, Living and Dying with Confidence brings practice off the cushion and into ordinary life.
“The authors of Living and Dying with Confidence tell it like it is. In this beautifully crafted book, they gently help the reader accept life’s realities with courage and compassion. Guided by a contemporary and timely interpretation of ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, readers will be set on the path toward freeing themselves from the suffering that accompanies aversion to death so they can embrace, with kindness and compassion, this precious human birth.”
– Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick
“Anyen Rinpoche has skillfully woven the dharma teachings into these everyday contemplations on death, which will be very beneficial, especially for those dealing with loss.”
– Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery
”What a beautiful companion! This book’s day by dayencouragement is of great value for anyone exploring what it meansto truly live.”
– Koshin Paley Ellison, cofounder, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside
“A remarkable, wise and uncannily personal book that guidesus, day by day, to deepen our spiritual practice—enriching life and preparingus for death. Through skillful and subtle commentary, Rinpoche motivates,affirms and challenges us to grown. With an effective and accessible format,this straight-talking literary companion is a must-read, many times over!”
– Deborah Schoeberlein David, author of Living Mindfully
”There is Buddhist saying: ‘If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.’ In other words, if we go beyond selfishness and the limitations of our ego, and open to compassion and connectedness toward others and all of sentient life, then what is there to die? Living and Dying with Confidence is a wonderful guidebook in this process. It reverses our culture's habit of denying death, and teaches us that in consciously and purposefully confronting death, life becomes enriched.”