A new friend told me about these Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying tapes, and surprised me with a set to borrow. I was 42 and had just read Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying cover to cover. It was the single most important book I had ever had in my hands, a book I wanted each of the people I knew and loved to read - preparation for dying which prepares us to make the most of living.
I had no idea that hearing Sogyal Rinpoche's voice and laughter would have such a powerful impact on me. But we are all in different places, and as such, different voices and angles speak to us. So the only way you'll know if he speaks to you is to actually hear him. But I'm going to wager that if you're reading this review, you have enough interest to benefit from these tapes.
I found the six tapes so compelling I have listened to them several times, taken notes, repeated sentences to friends, brainstormed about starting a study group to listen to and discuss these tapes, and bought extra copies to give to a couple of local leaders for inspiration in their work.
The impact of Sogyal Rinpoche's voice is so amazing compared to just reading the words that I can't recommend it enough - its great to have words to look over and reflect on, but hearing his voice is like being there with him.
If I could have only one set of tapes with me for my whole life, or for the rest of this life, this is what I would chose. Whether you are a devout Catholic, or a pagan, a humanist, or a practicing Buddhist, an intellectual or just a curious soul, this set of six tapes is one of the richest sources of wisdom I have ever known.
Here is just one quote, so you can see for yourself how precious his understanding is:
"When you say that Buddhists do not believe in God it does not mean that Buddhists do not believe in the nature of God, because the nature of God is the nature of Truth, [...] same, but Buddhists do not believe in the concept of God, because in many ways, [...] however good the concepts of God are [they] do not do justice for the Absolute."
For me, that explanation alone was worth the cost of all the tapes. And there are hundreds more in this set. Don't pass this one by, whether for you or those you love, we all can benefit.