Living, Dreaming, Dying by Rob Nairn
Wisdom for Everyday Life from the Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Book of the Dead
one of the best-known Tibetan Buddhist texts. It is also one of the most
difficult texts for Westerners to understand. In
Dreaming, Dying,
Nairn presents the first interpretation of this classic text using a modern
Western perspective, avoiding arcane religious terminology, keeping his
explanations grounded in everyday language. Nairn explores the concepts used in
this highly revered work and brings out their meaning and significance for our
daily life. He shows readers how the
Book of the Dead
us understand life and self as well as the dying process.

Dreaming, Dying
readers to "live deliberately"—and confront death deliberately. One
thing that prevents us from doing that, according to Nairn, is our tendency to
react fearfully whenever change occurs. But if we confront our fear of change
and the unknown, we can learn to flow gracefully with the unfolding
circumstances of life rather than be at their mercy.

course, change occurs throughout our life, but a period of transition also
occurs as we pass from the waking state into sleep, and likewise as we pass
into death. Therefore the author's teachings apply equally to living as well as
to dreaming and dying.

meditation instructions and practical exercises, the author explains how to:

the mind through the cultivation of deep meditation states and expanded
awareness of negative tendencies
deep sleep states and lucid dreaming to increase self-understanding as well as
to "train" oneself in how to die so that one is prepared for when the
time comes
and liberate oneself from fear of death and the unknown


About Rob Nairn

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Rob Nairn's training in psychology and Buddhist practice brings him a unique ability to explain ancient Eastern concepts in modern, accessible terms. The author of What Is Meditation? and Diamond Mind, he is sought after internationally as a lecturer on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
Published April 16, 2013 by Shambhala Publications. 304 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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"Death is our greatest opportunity" for enlightenment, claims Nairn, a student of Jungian psychology and international teacher of Buddhism.

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