- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Sounds True
- Audible.com Release Date: October 13, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BR6LXC
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Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead Audiobook – Unabridged
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The material that Thurman presents is amazing stuff. I've read several books on the Bardo and I really struggle mightily with many of the concepts. This is by far the clearest, the most insightful presentation out there. The guided meditation leads you to the actual visualizations and mind-set needed to practice which he suggests practicing before falling to sleep. Thurman also presents how to practice lucid dreaming, a very useful tool that is covered elsewhere in great depth most effectively by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.. For a serious student of the Bardo of the Between I would couple these teachings with Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Lviing and Dying and Freemantle's book on the Tibetan Book of the Dead or Thurman's book on the subject.
This product is sold as an audio book. It really isn't. I own Thurman's Tibetan Book of the Dead and this isn't it. This is a series of lectures, guided meditations and question and asnwers given to a small group at Menla. The material presented here is not found anywhere else and it is an invaluable resource for those who wish to truly delve into the depths of the precious Bardo - where full enlightenment awaits us if we are prepared. These teachings help tremendously in that goal.
In his discourse, he suggests that the Bardo state does not occur after dying, but is our current state of living. (The Bardo state is commonly referred to as the in-between state of dying and reincarnating.) This is radical. He offers many of these jewels throughout this recording. In fact, there is so much valuable information in these teachings, you can listen over and over again, and still gain insights each time.
One of the things I love most about Thurman, and this work in particular, is his sense of humor. He is hilarious. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and he doesn't let anyone else do so either. I have never understood why American Buddhists, particularly Zen, tend to be so serious. It's as if a spiritual pursuit has to be solemn and difficult. I haven't found that in the same way with Tibetan Buddhists. Just look at the Dalai Lama. He's lost his country, his people have been severely persecuted, and he is still optimistic and even smiling. Thurman exemplifies this tradtion. He's going deep. He's having fun. And he's inviting everyone to join him.