From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

June 15, 2006

May I be a protector to those without protection
A leader for those who journey
And a boat, a bridge, a passage
For those desiring the further shore.

May the pain of every living creature

Be completely cleared away
May I be the doctor, the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For all the sick beings in the world
Until everyone is healed.

Just like space
And the great elements such as earth,
May I always support the life
Of all boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain
May I also be a source of life
For all the realms of varied beings
That reach unto the ends of space.

Sogyal Rinpoche


5 Responses to “From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”

  1. Mary said

    This is a good book to read and Sogyal Rinpoche is a good teacher. The phrases are actually from Shatideva, an 8th Century Indian Buddhist scholar from his book ‘Bodhisattvas Way Of Life’ or ‘Bodhisattvacryavatara’. His Holiness The Dalai Lama teaches yearly on this text.

  2. vegancat said

    The tibetan book of living and dying is one of the resources used in many hospice care all over the world.

  3. Cat said

    It is a great book, especially during this period. It gave me immense comfort.

  4. Mary said

    Yes Cat, i understand. i lost my cat and rabbit 6 months apart 2 years ago and it was heart wrenching moment for me. You can visualise and indirectly guide Dim Sum when a new rebirth awaits her but for this moment, when you sayang her, take the opportunity to say some mantra/prayer into her ear.

  5. Anonymous said

    Enjoyed a lot!

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