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.
"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
"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