Resources

A collection of resources our members have found supportive, useful, or enlightening in their work. This list will be updated as new resources become available. If you have a suggestion for inclusion, please contact us.


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BOOKS & ARTICLES

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BOOKS

highly recommended

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  Atul Gawande

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying  Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Mind Beyond Death  Ponlop Rinpoche    

Opening Heaven’s Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After  Patricia Pearson

Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdon from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition  Andrew Holecek    

There’s More to Dying than Death: A Buddhist Perspective  Shenphen Hookham    

 

Tibetan Buddhist

The Bardo Guidebook (commentary on Mirror of Mindfulness)  Choky Nyima Rinpoche

Crazy Wisdom  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Good Life, Good Death: One of the Last Reincarnated Lamas to Be Educated in Tibet Shares Hard-Won Wisdom on Life, Death, and What Comes After  Nawang Gehlek Rinpoche 

Heart of the Buddha: Entering the Tibetan Buddhist Path  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead  Francesca Fremantle    

Mirror of Mindfulness  Tsele Natsok Rangdrol and Erik Pema Kunsang

Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook  Tulku Thondrup 

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying  Sogyal Rinpoche and Patrick Gaffney   

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Francesca Fremantle

Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Western

Being With Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death  Joan Halifax 

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul  Steven Jenkinson    

The Courage to Grieve: The Classic Guide to Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief  Julie Tattlebaum

Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilbur  Ken Wilbur

Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die  Sushila Blackman 

A Grief Observed  C.S. Lewis

Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality  Judy Lief

On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

When Breath Becomes Air  Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese    

 A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If It Were Your Last  Stephen Levine

Near-death experiences

Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience  Pim van Lommel

Life After Life  Raymond Moody    

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey  Eben Alexander     

Lucid dreaming

Exploring Lucid Dreaming  Stephen La Berge    

Dream Yoga  Andrew Holocek