The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Short Essay - Answer Key

Sogyal Rinpoche
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1. What is the Dalai Lama's views on death?

According to His Holiness, one can choose to ignore death or to confront it. As a Buddhist, the Dalai Lama sees death as a natural, acceptable process, but points out one cannot expect to obtain a peaceful death if one's life is filled with anger.

2. What does a person need at the point of death?

Since the process of death is important, the Dalai Lama points out the need for a karmic state of mind at the point of death.

3. What praise does the Dalai Lama give the author?

He closes his introduction by praising author Sogyal Rinpoche as a master of Tibetan tradition and a student of Western education and hopes he can offer a practical reference guide for understanding death and dying.

4. What does the Dalai Lama introduce in his foreward?

His Holiness introduces the themes of karma, meditation, and a meeting point between Tibetan tradition and modern Western science, all of which are discussed in detail throughout the novel.

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