Book review: Dying With Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death (Anyen Rinpoche)

Via Todd Mayville
on Nov 27, 2010
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We are all going to die. While that’s certainly no secret, at the same time, it’s not something most of us like to think about. As a result, few of us are ready to really make that transition when the moment arrives. Through his book, Dying With Confidence, Anyen Rinpoche offers us a path to ease our passing.

With clear, concise directions, the author guides the reader through what is necessary to ensure a calm and smooth transformation into the next phase of existence. Including topics ranging from preparation of the will to organ donation and the use of medications and medical technology, Dying With Confidence provides a complete guide for Buddhists and also addresses the role of non-Buddhists as well. The appendices in the back of the book provide highly useful resources and additional information that the reader will also find useful. While the concept of one’s death is almost always uncomfortable to contemplate, it is not something that should be overlooked; this book will help to make the metamorphosis that much easier.

From Wisdom Publications and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


One Response to “Book review: Dying With Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death (Anyen Rinpoche)”

  1. "We are all going to die"? Speak for yourself.

    Seriously, this sounds like an excellent book. I feel I'm am better prepared myself through a combination of just going through my father's death early this year ( My Father: Starting Yoga at 87 ) and starting to internalize the teachings of the ancient Yoga texts, particularly the Bhagavad Gita.

    I guess truthfully that's one of the reasons I started studying and practicing Yoga philosophy. Something about reaching the age of 60 and having grandkids that makes one start to think about it more.

    Bob W.