The Concept of Life and Death in Tibetan Buddhism

Posted in on 7-20-12


Awareness of the transient nature of life is one of the key features of Tibetan Buddhism. The true Buddhist should not fear death; neither should he desperately seek solace in base pleasures. Rather, death should be consciously acknowledged and accepted; this allows the Buddhist to arrive at a deeper appreciation of every living moment.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a sacred text that contemplates the state of an individual between death and rebirth, said to last around 49 days.