An important, much-loved and respected work of our time- more than 3 million copies of the book have been printed in 34 languages and 80 countries.
Sogyal Rinpoche was born in Tibet and entered a monastery when he was six months old. He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama from one of the most outstanding Buddhist masters of the 20th century, Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr , who raised him like his own son. After fleeing Tibet with his family, Rinpoche was educated in India and Cambridge, England. Since then he has taught throughout the world, developing a unique ability to attune the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to modern life. He is the spiritual director of Rigpa, an organisation devoted to presenting the teachings of the Buddha and to offering support and advice on spiritual care to those facing loss, illness or death, as well as their families and caregivers.
"A gentle, humane and eloquent guide" * GUARDIAN *
"Brilliant" * MAIL ON SUNDAY *
"For readers of all religions and readers of none" * THE OBSERVER *
"If you believe books can change lives, earmark this one" * METRO *
"You don't have to be a Buddhist to read it: its mastery lies in the lucid way it presents esoteric ideas" * MICK BROWN, THE TELEGRAPH *
"One of the most helpful books I have ever read" * JOHN CLEESE *
"Marvellous - like all the great teachings, it is both simple and complex, and full of love and compassion" * JOANNA LUMLEY *
"Sogyal Rinpoche speaks directly and clearly to the Western mind and heart with humour, joy and great warmth." * RICHARD GERE *
"I have encountered no book on the interplay of life and death that is more comprehensive, practical and wise." * HUSTON SMITH, author of The World's Religions *
"Valuable and profound" * YOGA AND HEALTH *