Life, Death and After Death

By Lama Thubten Yeshe
London, 1982 and Geneva, 1983. (Archive #323 044)

The essence of this book is a weekend seminar on death, intermediate state and rebirth. The topic is particularly poignant as this was the last teaching Lama gave in the West; he passed away some five months later. But here he was his usual boisterous, punchy, direct, funny, loving and compassionate self, treating death in his incomparable light yet serious way.

These teachings are also available on DVD. You can watch video excerpts in Chapter TwoChapter Four and Chapter Six, or go to our YouTube channel.

Glossary, References and Suggested Further Reading (LDAD)

Glossary: Please see our online glossary.

Suggested Further Reading

Gehlek Rimpoche. Good Life, Good Death. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.

Gyatso, Tenzin, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace. Translated by Donald S. Lopez Jr. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997. (Especially Chapter 2, “Dying in Peace.”)

———. Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously. Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins. New York: Atria Books, 2004.

Lati Rinbochay & Jeffrey Hopkins. Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 1980.

Padmasambhava. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Revealed by Terton Karma Lingpa, translated by Gyurme Dorje, edited by Graham Coleman and Thupten Jinpa, introduced by HH the Dalai Lama. London: Viking, 2006.

Pabongka Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Translated by Michael Richards. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991. (Especially Day 10, “Remembering Death.”)

Ribush, Nicholas. Discovering Buddhism at Home, Module Five: Death and Rebirth. Portland: FPMT, 2004.

Tsongkhapa. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume One. The Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2000. (Especially Chapter 9, “Mindfulness of Death.”)

Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Thubten. Heart Advice for Death and Dying. Portland: FPMT, 2009. (Book and CD.)

Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Thubten & Kathleen McDonald. Wholesome Fear: Transforming Your Anxiety about Impermanence and Death. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2010.