Anyen Rinpoche was born in Amdo, Tibet. His lineage can be traced back directly to the renowned Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche, author of Words of My Perfect Teacher. Anyen Rinpoche is a heart-son of Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche, a renowned master of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition as well as a rime (nonsectarian) master of Tibetan Buddhism. After remaining with his root lama for eighteen years, Anyen Rinpoche came to America, where he established the Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma Center in Denver, Colorado. Rinpoche's Dharma activity focuses on helping Buddhist practitioners prepare for the moment of death through the Dying with Confidence Program and the Phowa Foundation. He also teachings a traditional shedra, or intensive Vajrayana study, for westerners at Orgyen Khamdroling. Allison Choying Zangmo is a student of Anyen Rinpoche and his root master, Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche. She has been studying the Tibetan language and Buddhism under Anyen Rinpoche's personal guidance for the past sixteen years, and acts as his personal translator. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
"Anyen Rinpoche has skillfully woven the dharma teachings into these everyday contemplations on death, which will be very beneficial, especially for those dealing with loss."--Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery "What a beautiful companion! This book's day by dayencouragement is of great value for anyone exploring what it meansto truly live."--Koshin Paley Ellison, cofounder, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside "A remarkable, wise and uncannily personal book that guidesus, day by day, to deepen our spiritual practice--enriching life and preparingus for death. Through skillful and subtle commentary, Rinpoche motivates, affirms and challenges us to grown. With an effective and accessible format, this straight-talking literary companion is a must-read, many times over!"--Deborah Schoeberlein David, author of Living Mindfully "There is Buddhist saying: 'If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.' In other words, if we go beyond selfishness and the limitations of our ego, and open to compassion and connectedness toward others and all of sentient life, then what is there to die? Living and Dying with Confidence is a wonderful guidebook in this process. It reverses our culture's habit of denying death, and teaches us that in consciously and purposefully confronting death, life becomes enriched."--Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind "The authors of Living and Dying with Confidence tell it like it is. In this beautifully crafted book, they gently help the reader accept life's realities with courage and compassion. Guided by a contemporary and timely interpretation of ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, readers will be set on the path toward freeing themselves from the suffering that accompanies aversion to death so they can embrace, with kindness and compassion, this precious human birth."--Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick