Living Without Regret: Human Experience in Light of Tibetan Buddhism by Arnaud Maitland is a personal reflection on the process of growing old and death in light of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The author reveals his experience with one of life's major challenges: coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. He shares how his grief over the loss of his mother, who died of Alzheimer's disease, deepened his ability to apply the Buddhist teachings in his life and use them to work through feelings of helplessness, anger, confusion, despair, and fear. This personal narrative unfolds in a larger framework of Buddhist teachings on impermanence, suffering, and the development of wisdom and compassion.
"In writing this book I wished to show how, in addition to material and physical care, we can give life a spiritual dimension. By realizing the truths of life and daring to embody them, we begin to flourish as human beings. When we look back on our lives we will have no fear or regrets; we will see a life that has been worth living. It is my hope that this book inspires readers to find an answer to the question, 'How do I really want to live?' And then do it."
This book can be used as a catalyst for guided visualization to look directly at impermanence and observe the conflicting emotions that arise. Also, since the question of living without regret is raised but not fully resolved, this book could stimulate a thorough exploration into the causes of regret and what it might mean to live without it.