“When my life’s course is ended,
 And I roam alone in the intermediate states,
 The loved ones of this world can no longer help me.
 So [at this critical time], may the Conquerors, the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, 
 [Quickly] release the power of their compassion,
 And may the deep darkness of my ignorance be dispelled.” — from “Aspirational Prayer which Protects from Fear of the Intermediate States” (bar do’i smon lam ‘jigs skyobs ma)

JABL Subject Headings   |   Contemporary Scholarship   |   Media   |   Tibetan Sources

Contemporary Scholarship

  • Chödrön, Pema and Joseph Waxman. 2022. How We Live Is How We Die. Shambhala. JABL
  • Colin Murray Parkes, Pittu Laungani, and Bill Young, eds. 2015. Death and Bereavement Across Cultures. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. JABL
  • Deleo, Kirsten. 2019. Present through the End: A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying. Shambhala. JABL
  • Herman, Judith Lewis Herman. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. Basic Books. JABL
  • Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staple) 2001. A Grief Observed. HarperSanFrancisco. JABL
  • Longaker, Christine. 1998. Facing Death and Finding Hope. Main Street Books. JABL
  • Thubten Zopa. 2016. How to Enjoy Death: Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge Without Fear. Wisdom Publications. JABL


  • Chodron, Thubten. 2010. Teachings Given during the Death and Caring for the Dying Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2010. thubtenchodron.org
  • Doughty, Caitlin. “Why You Should Spend More Time with a Dead Body.” EndWell Project. endwellproject.org
  • Goldstein, Joseph. [n/d/] “Dependent Origination: The Twelve Links Explained.” Tricycle. tricycle.org
  • Hopkins, Jeffrey. 1995. “Jeffrey Hopkins Reconstructs His Mind.” Interview by Robina Courtin Mandala. May-June. fpmt.org/mandala
  • Ostaseski, Frank. 2019. “The Paradox of Vulnerability.” Conversation with Courtney E. Martin. EndWell Forum. YouTube
  • Tan Swee Eng, compiler. “Snapshot of Buddhism: Summaries of Teachings and Concepts: Dependent Origination (12-links of Dependent Arising).” Buddhist Studies: Buddha Dharma Education Association and BuddhaNet. buddhanet
  • Tenzin Gache. 2017. “Personalizing the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.” Mandala. December 12. fpmt.org/mandala/

Tibetan Sources

  • Anyen Rinpoche, Eileen Permut Cahoon, and Allison Graboski. 2014. Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death. Wisdom Publications. JABL
  • Cuevas, Bryan J. 2003. The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Oxford University Press. JABL
  • Dbyangs-can-dgaʼ-baʼi-blo-gros and Lati Rinbochay. 1985. Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism. Snow Lion. JABL
  • Jamyang Khyentse. 2020. Living Is Dying: How to Prepare for Death, Dying, and Beyond. Shambhala. JABL
  • Karma-gling-pa, Padma Sambhava, and Gyurme Dorje, trans. 2006. The Tibetan Book of the Dead (English Title): The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States (Tibetan Title). Viking. JABL 
  • Nahm, Michael. 2011. “The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Its History and Controversial Aspects of its Contents.” Journal of Near-Death Studies. University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library. digital.library.unt.edu
  • Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV, and Donald Lopez, trans. 1997. The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace. HarperSanFrancisco. JABL.
  • Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV, and Francisco J. Varela. 1997. Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama. Wisdom Publications. JABL.
  • Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV, and Jeffrey Hopkins. 2002. Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life. Atria Books. JABL (commentary on text by the first Panchen Lama)
  • Thondup, Tulku, and Harold Talbott. 2005. Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook. Shambhala. JABL