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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse: Living Is Dying (2020, Shambhala Publications, Incorporated) No rating

From a Buddhist point of view, the best way to prepare for death is to enter into the immense vision of bodhichitta and think big. By doing so, the power of your practice will escalate exponentially. One of the main problems most of us have with our view of life and death is that we don’t think big; even Buddhists can be small-minded and petty. By arousing and applying bodhichitta, our limited perception of the world and everything in it becomes far more expansive. Small-minded people only think about themselves, this life and their immediate environment. On the few occasions they manage to think beyond themselves, it is rarely further than their own family. Only when death draws near do such people begin to realize just how narrow and selfish their lives have been, how few of their achievements have any real or lasting value, and how many of the projects that took up so much of their time and energy were either entirely insignificant or failed to come to fruition. From this point of view, if there were just one life, death really would be a “now-or-never” situation. So is it any wonder that at death the small-minded are convinced they are doomed to eternal failure? What they lack is a long-term vision and purpose that ranges over many lifetimes. If they had developed the determination to bring all sentient beings to enlightenment, however many lifetimes it took, they would feel quite differently.

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A good reminder to think beyond petty things

Review of 'Meditations on the tarot' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Of interest for anyone wondering about a possible dialogue between the esoteric and christianity. In this regard the endorsement and the forword and afterword by cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar is noteworthy. He notes that the "The author wished to remain anonymous in order to allow the work to speak for itself, to avoid the interposition of any kind of personal element between the work and the reader - reasons that we respect."
The book is not about divination. The author uses the symbols of the tarot as object of meditations on aspects of the Catholic faith.
Of interest is his take on the relation between non-fallen Nature, Mary, Sophia, the Virgin, being Chaste and his views on the notion of the holy trinity illuminated by this fourth element. Also noteworthy is his take on apparitions and the Amsterdam 'Lady of all nations': "I may add that I went to …