Written in 1992 by Songyal Rinpoche (Rinpoche is a honorific title used in Tibetan Buddhism), The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying is a Buddhist classic, now printed in over 30 languages.

As he explains in the introduction, the book shares teachings that are at “the heart essence of the oral lineage, that unbroken line of wisdom passed down as a living experience over the centuries. Someone once called this book ‘midway between a living master and a book’ […] The impact of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, I believe, is due to the blessing of the lineage and the vibrancy of the oral tradition.

He continues, stating:

What is it I hope for from this book?
To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death
and care for the dying,
And the whole way we look at life, and care for the living.

Enjoy this meditation, from the chapter called “Bringing the Mind Home.”

Nature is always an unfailing fountain of inspiration. To calm your mind, go for a walk at dawn in the park or watch the dew on a rose in a garden. Lie on the ground and gaze up into the sky, and let your mind expand into its spaciousness. Let the sky outside awake a sky inside your mind. Stand by a stream and mingle your mind with its rushing; become one with its ceaseless sound. Sit by a waterfall and let its healing laughter purify your spirit. Walk on a beach and take the sea wind full and sweet against your face. Celebrate and use the beauty of moonlight to poise your mind. Sit by a lake or in a garden and, breathing quietly, let your mind fall silent as the moon comes up majestically and slowly in the cloudless night.