Death: Transforming Obstacle into Opportunity

“If we are duly prepared, I can promise that the moment of death will be an experience of rejoicing. If we are not prepared, it will surely be a time of fear and regret.”

— Anyen Rinpoche

Excerpted from Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

Death is one of the most precious experiences in life. It is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The habits (karma) that brought us into this life are exhausted, leaving a temporarily clean slate, and the habits that will propel us into our next life have not yet crystallized. This leaves us in a unique “no man’s land,” a netherworld the Tibetans call “bardo,” where all kinds of miraculous possibilities can materialize.1“Bardo” is translated as “gap, interval, intermedia

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