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A poetic adaptation of traditional Tibetan passages describing the stages experienced after death and during the transition into the next life

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Genre: Religion
Author: Karma-gliṅ-pa
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release: 1998
File: 62 Pages
ISBN-13: 1556432739

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"What is presented here is an adaptation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead to be read aloud for a person who has died. This is a work in progress. The reason for an adaptation is my experience that images in the western mind differ from images in the eastern mind, and that the deceased will more clearly hear the guidance through the death bardo if the words of the readings respond more precisely to his/her experience." -- Introduction.

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Genre: Buddhist funeral rites and ceremonies
Author: Nancy Spence
Publisher:
Release: 2012
File: 35 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:1197785429

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THE STORY: Based on the classic Buddhist text, the play deals with the transmigration of the soul and the choices to be made as the spirit hovers in suspended animation. Brilliantly theatrical in concept and execution, the piece blends music, mime,

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Genre: Drama
Author: Jean Claude Van Itallie
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Release: 1983
File: 52 Pages
ISBN-13: 0822211483

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Said to have its origins in the 'treasure texts' that were supposedly hidden away by Padmasambhava, the Lotus Guru, in Tibet in the 8th century, The Tibetan Book of the Dead was traditionally read aloud to the dying or recently deceased as a guide to the afterlife. It explains how to recognize the true nature of the mind so that after death it will be possible to attain enlightenment and liberation from the suffering associated with the endless cycle of death and rebirth. For many, reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead has been a revelatory experience on the path to finding a sense of spirituality and self-knowledge.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John Baldock
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Release: 2013-04-24
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781782122487

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Derived from a Buddhist funerary text, this famous volume's timeless wisdom includes instructions for attaining enlightenment, preparing for the process of dying, and moving through the various stages of rebirth.

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Genre: Buddhist funeral rites and ceremonies
Author: W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
Release: 2020
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780486845371

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying--not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth--The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison. This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz's three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and finally the volume's profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement--and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.

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Genre: Religion
Author: W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2000-09-28
File: 354 Pages
ISBN-13: 0198030517

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As a contribution to the science of death and dying - not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison."--BOOK JACKET.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Karma-gliṅ-pa
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 2000-09-28
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195133110

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying, with introductory commentary by Dzogchen Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, is a new translation of the ancient text also known as The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State. Both a practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual document, this new version incorporates recent discoveries that have allowed for a better translation of previously ambiguous passages. Revealing a set of instructions designed to facilitate the inner liberation of the dead or dying person, the book provides a guide to navigating the bardo--the interval between death and rebirth. Originally composed by Padmasambhava, an important Indian master of the eighth century, the Tibetan Book of the Dead was concealed in Tibet until it was discovered in the fourteenth century by Karma Lingpa, a famous Tibetan tertön (discoverer of ancient texts). Describing in detail the characteristics and fantastic visions of each stage beyond death, the book includes invocations to be read aloud to the dying person, to help his or her successful journey toward the stage of liberation. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's introduction clarifies the texts from the Dzogchen point of view and provides a scholarly summary of the ancient material based on his oral teachings and written works. In addition, material from several of Namkhai Norbu's more recent written works and oral teachers have been added, including an essay on the four intermediate states after death entitled Birth, Life, and Death. A full-color 16-page insert of traditional Tibetan art highlights Tibet's unique aesthetic wisdom. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Padmasambhava
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release: 2013-03-12
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781583945735

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Examines the history of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead," arguing that this text gained popularity due to the human obsession with death, the Western romance of Tibet, and the manner in which Walter Evans-Wentz compiled the text in a way that reflects American religious life.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Donald S. Lopez
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2011-02-27
File: 173 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780691134352

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»The Tibetan Book of the Dead« (Bardo Thodol) is considered one of the great wisdom books of mankind. Since its metaphorical language is hard to understand for non-Buddhists, the author's concern was to carefully transfer the main contents into a modern language while preserving the poetry of the original. Knowledge and experience as a psychologist as well as his own meditation practice and near-death experiences helped him to detach the universal spiritual truths from the Buddhist context and translate them into contemporary images. This has resulted in a longer prose poem as the main text, which describes the different phases of dying until well beyond the last breath. Following the original, it can be read aloud to a dying person to support him or her in transition. Practical instructions help to create an appropriate atmosphere and to structure the reading in time. The book is designed in such a way that it can also be used for personal meditation on death and transience and for exploring one's own consciousness. The appendix has a chapter that relates the subject of death and dying to the integral model of consciousness. The extensive essay by Ken Wilber discusses the place of »The Tibetan Book of the Dead« in modern psychology and spirituality. Music recommendations and useful links complete the content. »The book is a short and very practical guide for dying. It should not be read once but it is a workbook for preparing to the important moment of the death. Highly recommended!« Traudel Reiß in »Buddhismus aktuell« 3/2010 The book is a revised and expanded edition of »Das andere Totenbuch« (2009, ISBN 978-3-8391-0645-7).

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Genre: Religion
Author: Wulf Mirko Weinreich
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Release: 2020-06-23
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783751931250

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