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The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Shambala Pocket Classics) Paperback – October 13, 1992
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"This is probably one of the most beautiful and difficult books for a Westerner to wrap her/his mind around. . . . This translation is much easier to read than the famous Oxford version, avoiding the inadvertently surrealistic pseudoKing James prose style of the earlier book."— San Francisco Chronicle
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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We ended up returning it because it did not include the glossary, pronounciation guide, etc. of the full-sized version (which we had to order directly from the publisher as it wasn't available here at Amazon.)
If you're looking for a pocket edition, though, it's just fine.
When I was attending shamanic training, this book was used as a 'textbook' for a two-year course on "conscious deathing".
I love Chogyam Trungpa's commentary. When I lived in Boulder (early 1970's), he lived next door while creating Naropa Institute, and I often attended his lectures. It's good to 'see' him again.
We only have proof of the visions because our advanced technology allows the resuscitation of patients who died on the hospital trolley.
The Tibetans didn't have our advanced technology to revive the dead, but they still knew about the hallucinations and visions! This is an amazing FACT!
If the Tibetan's knew about what we are today discovering with science, than is the rest of what they claim true?
Anyway, this is the book to read and who knows, science may one day also go beyond the post death state.
This book deals with the Four Bardos or points of transition and opportunity in the process of birth, death, and rebirth. These are: The ‘natural’ bardo of this life, the ‘painful’ bardo of dying, the ‘luminous’ bardo of dharmata, the ‘karmic’ bardo of becoming. To understand this is to understand the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism and the whole life-death cycle.
For clarity and explanation of The Book of the Dead, and insight into Tibetan Buddhism, one would be well advised to also study a true companion, The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche (Rider)