A Concise Guide for Families and Friends of Vajrayana Buddhists

Written with the guidance of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche and advice of Lama Yeshe Nyima, this manual offers instructions for assisting others and preparing for one’s own death, presented in a concise manner so not to overwhelm Buddhist practitioners or their non-Buddhist families and friends. According to our spiritual tradition, the information covers the approach of death, preparing the body, engaging in practice, and observing appropriate behavior that will benefit the deceased. The manual is formatted so that it can be stored in a file with legal documents and kept on-hand. Within it you will find teachings by Buddhist masters concerning the time of death, an example will, a complete check list to help tie up loose ends in the world, suggestions for resource contacts and materials, and a glossary clarifying terms for the non-Buddhist reader. In the Forward, Gyatrul Rinpoche has also kindly offered additional advice for students of Vajrayana Buddhism. The manual was compiled and written by Julie Rogers and is 38 pages in length. The cost is $12.00.

Endorsements for Instructions for the Transitional State 

“As western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, we are blessed with a plethora of very profound teachings and advice on how to die and how to deal with the dying and dead. However, when someone we know is dying, we are often not sure how to apply these teachings; in short, we don’t know what to do. But that problem is now solved. Julie Rogers, a diligent, long-time student of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, has compiled very clear, precise and detailed instructions on exactly what to do for the dying and deceased here in America. This guidance is extremely helpful and exactly what we need. There are very few books on Tibetan Buddhism that I would unequivocally say are “must-haves”; this is one.”  - Bruce Newman, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism, published by Snow Lion

“Most excellent. The only treatise dealing with this subject, so far as I’ve seen.”  -  Taylor Sloan, Ph.D., psychologist, past associate of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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All proceeds from this publication will be offered to support the Amitabha Shrine at Tashi Choling and to further fund ‘Vimala’, Gyatrul Rinpoche’s archive, in the preservation of sacred texts and teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism for future generations.
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