How We Live Is How We Die

Shambhala Publications. Oct. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781611809244. $24.95. SPIRITUALITY
In this collection of spiritual teachings and reflections, American Buddhist nun Chödrön (How To Meditate) explains that if people take the time to embrace and navigate transitions in their daily lives, they will be better prepared for death and whatever may follow. The term “bardo,” found and taught in The Tibetan Book of the Dead, usually refers to the intermediate state between lives or any period of transition. Chödrön aspires to use these teachings to encourage an open, curious approach to death and other difficult transitions. She offers guidance on facing uncomfortable feelings and embracing the constant changes life brings. An appendix includes guided practices and resources. A foundational knowledge of Buddhism is helpful for readers, but Chödrön’s clarity and warmth make this book accessible to a wide array of audiences.
VERDICT Oft-quoted, much beloved, and radiating kindness, Chödrön remains a guiding light for those seeking spiritual growth.
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