Living and Dying with Confidence

A Day-by-Day Guide

Living and Dying with Confidence

A daily companion for embracing life, preparing for death, and awakening to reality. Anyen Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master and teacher, and his longtime student and translator Allison Choying Zangmo present ancient and rich teachings on death in a contemporary, accessible manner. Learn how to release your attachments, embrace impermanence, cultivate virtue, and see the world as it really is—one day at a time. Their practical, disciplined timeline encourages step-by-step development of qualities such as lovingkindness, compassion, generosity, and patience. Each day offers a short teaching followed by a specific, concrete exercise to help you reflect on and fully integrate the message. Through vivid and evocative contemplative scenarios and action items, Living and Dying with Confidence brings practice off the cushion and into ordinary life.

Dying with Confidence

A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death

Dying with Confidence

In this book, Anyen Rinpoche gives practical information beneficial to those wanting to explore the depth of the teachings on dying skillfully, in accord with the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Encouraging readers to honestly look at both life and death, and to contemplate our impermanence deeply, the author shows us how to use the very process of dying to further our goal of enlightenment, compassion, and a wise and fulfilling life in the here-and-now.

Stop Biting the Tail You're Chasing

Using Buddhist Mind Training to Free Yourself from Painful Emotional Patterns

Stop Biting the Tail You're Chasing

How to be free from bondage to your emotions: a practical and powerful Buddhist teaching for training the mind to be content in any circumstance. Are emotions our friends or our enemies? Is it possible to free ourselves from emotional conflict? The Buddhist practice of lojong is a way of letting go of attachment to both “positive” and “negative” emotions and leads to profound insight and compassion, unbounded by our habitual reactions. This book provides a set of tools that you can apply in daily life to gradually relieve your own suffering and extend that relief to everyone you encounter.

The Arts of Contemplative Care

Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work

The Arts of Contemplative Care

Powerful and life-affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of contemplative care--from hospice and hospitals to colleges, prisons, and the military. Illustrating the day-to-day words and actions of pastoral workers, each first-person essay in this collection offers a distillation of the wisdom gained over years of compassionate experience. The stories told here are sure to inspire--whether you are a professional caregiver or simply feel inclined toward guiding, healing, and comforting roles. If you are inspired to read this book, or even one touching story in it, you just might find yourself inspired to change a life.

Dying with Jesus

A Love Story

Dying with Jesus

While traveling home from Loma Linda, California, where her husband Lawrence had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, Brenda heard the voice of the Holy Spirit speak to her and say, “I want you to start writing down the events that are about to take place.” A moment of silence occurred, and then the Spirit said, “I want you to call this ‘Dying with Jesus.’" Take this walk with Brenda and Lawrence as they experience the presence of the Holy Spirit drawing close to them during what became the darkest hours of their lives. Let them share with you how tender and loving God truly is and how He desires that your life become a never-ending love story with Him.

Letters To And From A Christian Mother And More

Letters To And From A Christian Mother And More

Ethics, morals, and society in general have been spiraling downward for more than 50 years. Life simply was different up through the 1940s and the decade that followed. Christian thought today is discredited on the university campus, and traditional Christian piety now is viewed by the majority of the public as “old fashioned.” Postmodernism has become entrenched. In Christian circles, the question often is asked: “How does the unbeliever cope?” As believing Christians, we know that the Word of God provides all of the answers. Perhaps LETTERS TO AND FROM A CHRISTIAN MOTHER AND MORE will be of some assistance to both the believer and the unbeliever, who as the parent of a young child or children, or of young adult children, must advise and counsel that child as they navigate through their religious, social, and academic decisions. Dr. Terry L. Johnson stated that the letters “are remarkable and show clearly what a devout and accomplished woman your mother was...They are wise and devotionally rich, and may deserve a wider readership.” (From the Preface). Dr. Johnson continued: “Their literary quality was outstanding. More importantly, they were filled with sound, shrewd, bold, Biblical counsel for her boys, particularly in the years between the beginning of college and the birth of Si and Suzanne’s first child, Carey. I wanted to read more and became convinced that others, particularly parents, could benefit from hearing the strong counsel of a Christian mother to her beloved sons.” (From the Foreword).

Dying With Jesus

Meditations for Those Who Are Terminally Ill, Their Families, and Their Caregivers

Dying With Jesus

Dying with Jesus is for people who are dying and for their caregivers, whether family members or pastoral-care professionals. Each page contains a Scripture passage with a brief commentary, a meditation intended to capture the thoughts and feelings of the dying person, and a response from Jesus. The booklet can be used as a single extended meditation or it can be read a page at a time in any sequence that is helpful. Page headings indicate the theme found in the meditation and can guide the user to the appropriate page for a given moment. The meditations, rooted in the experience of dying people, may help to identify and give words to many painful thoughts and feelings. By reading a given meditation together chaplains, family members, or the dying person may be able to initiate a difficult but necessary conversation. It is hoped that Dying with Jesus will reveal some of Jesus? human struggle and will make it accessible to all who are facing the same frightening reality. All who use it are especially encouraged to share the feelings and memories it calls forth. This gift of shared experience will enlighten those who accompany the dying and will create a bridge between the gospel story and those of us who hear it today. Chapters are ?Diagnosis,? ?The Road,? ?Weakness,? ?Family,? ?Caregivers,? ?Isolation,? ?The Blind Ones,? ?Pain,? ?Stripped,? ?Inevitability,? ?Last Breath,? ?Emptiness,? ?Mystery,? ?Hope,? and ?Traditional Prayers.??Hibbard has listened well to the fears, anxieties, and hopes of the dying; her ?Meditation? sections are extraordinary, showing both great sensitivity and honesty. Caregivers and families will hear what the dying themselves may be reluctant to speak.? Paul Marceau Mission Services and Ethics?. . . this book will be attractive to readers beyond the scope of Catholic tradition due to the author?s creative writing style and inclusive theology. The benefit of this book to patients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses lies in the comfort of not being alone with the stages of dying. This book also provides comfort for professionals involved in the lives of dying patients when the surrender of curative intervention stirs helplessness in their hearts.? Peter Wolf, M. Div., M.S.W. Clinical Pediatric Social Worker Hospice of Michigan?The author?s rich, meditative insight into the mind and heart of the terminally ill was like a deep well of consolation for myself as a nurse. This book can be used in any setting and by Christians of all denominations. Caregivers, family members, friends, and the terminally ill will find a treasure of comfort and compassion in this little book of meditations.? Judith Mouch, R.S.M., M.S.N. Assistant Professor of Nursing Director, Parish Nurse Education Program McAuley School of Nursing University of Detroit Mercy ?This book will make a thoughtful gift to those who are hurting due to their own or a loved one?s terminal illness.? Today?s Catholic

The Arm of the Lord

End Times Mystery

The Arm of the Lord

You may want to know what this book is about. It isnt about the end of the world. Rather, it is an open portal to what the Bible says is an inevitable future when God reconciles His creation to Himself. Part of that reconciliation will be when He steps into time and space and says, Times up, now the judgment. The Arm of the Lord is a Hebrew idiom for the power of Yahweh (????), excerpted from Isaiah 53:1. It isnt coincidental that the magnificent 53rd chapter of Isaiah, the Suffering Servant, starts with this preamble. The power of God examined in this story is Gods power to redeem fallen mankind without compromising His righteousness.