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Book Title: Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying|
The author of the book: Sogyal Rinpoche
ISBN 13: 9780062511263
Date of issue: May 26th 1995
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I found this book a year ago, just after the New Year's celebrations of 2011, as I was reorganizing a bookshelf in a burst of resolution-fired energy. I, frankly, did not even remember purchasing it; I suspect I did so not long after it was published in 1995, put it on my bookshelf, and then -- intending to read it at some later date -- promptly forgot it. Last January, however, thoughts on living and dying were frighteningly real to me as my brother and I were then caring for my mother during the final days of her life. I decided that the time had come to read these daily Buddhist reflections and to spend some time each morning, well, reflecting on the greater meaning of life and its ending and the grace that remains. I also, quite honestly, felt that I needed more strength than I had and hoped that somewhere in the pages of this book would be the words to help me find it.
My mother passed away on March 26 of 2011. Her death was, at least according to her hospice nurse who knows of such things, as peaceful a transition into the next world as one is likely to get. Was I strong during that long passage? Well, I was there, and I was doing my best, so I suppose I was strong enough. Did reading this book help me to be that? Actually, yes, it did -- there IS wisdom in this book. But the REAL wisdom came in taking the time each morning to be silent, to read the words of someone who has spent far more time in spiritual relection than I have (thank you, Sogyal Rinpoche), and to allow myself to ponder . . . just to ponder . . . the great mystery of our presence here on earth and our eventual leave-taking from it.
I knew only the barest essentials of Buddhist thought before beginning this book. In the first month of readings (only a paragraph or two a day), the author introduced a number of Buddhist concepts by name and brief explanation. Because most of these concepts were unfamiliar to me, I often found myself struggling to remember just what a particular word meant when I encountered it again in a later month and had to page back to January's readings in an attempt to refresh my memory. For me, a glossary would have been helpful. But even so, many of the passages were so beautifully meaningful that I marked them for future reference. And, in truth, some of the passages were so obscure and esoteric that they completely escaped my understanding! I suspect that such is the nature of spiritual learning.
I finished this book right "on time" with the final day's reading on December 31st, 2011. And perhaps the sincerest endorsement of this book I can give is to say that I found my year of reading its pages so enriching that I have decided to continue the daily practice, but this time with a book from a different spiritual tradition. My hope (and my belief, too, actually) is that when it comes time for me to take my own journey into the next world -- whatever that world turns out to be -- I will set foot on its shores a wiser soul.
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