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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche

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016298

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche

Remember, the clairvoyant consciousness of the person in the bardo of becoming is seven times clearer than in life.  This can bring them either great suffering or great benefit.

So it is essential that after someone you love has died, you are as aware as possible in all your behaviour, so as not to hurt or disturb them.  For when the dead person returns to those left behind, or those invited to practise on their behalf, they are able, in their new state of being, not only to see what is going on, but to read minds directly. 

If relatives are only scheming and quarrelling about how to divide up the possessions, only talking and thinking of attachment and aversion, with no real love for the dead person, this can cause them intense anger and hurt or disillusion.

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Tibetan Buddhism

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble