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Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance. Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.
i was excited about this because of why the content was and that Cohen did the voice over. I was just creeped out though. Maybe I just went into it with the wrong mindset. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bodhi
I found this an excellent learning experience about what TIBETAN Buddhists feel about death. It is called the TIBETAN Book of the Dead for a reason. Read morePublished 9 months ago by pleinelune
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See if you can find a copy of Rhythms of A Himalayan Village, Hugh R. Downs, Harper & Row, ISBN 0-06-250240-9. Not a specific answer to your query, but an excellent intro, and a parallel to your experience.
Feb 26, 2007 by Russell Hodin | See all 2 posts