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Tibetan Book of the Dead: The cornerstone of Tibetan thought

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The cornerstone of Tibetan thought <br> Padmasambhava

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Author: Padmasambhava
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789654942010
Publication Date: 2010

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Padmasambhava, founder of the Tibetan school of Buddhism, dictated the Bardo Thodol to his wife.  The text, known in English as The Great Liberation through Hearing or The Tibetan Book of The Dead, is a guide to enlightenment after death, and freedom from the physical body.  The text was interred shortly after it was written, and lay buried for years. Known as a terma or treasure text, it was discovered generations after its interment by Padmasambhava's disciples, who began reading it aloud and meditating on its meaning.

Despite its name, The Tibetan Book of The Dead is not a guide to death. It is a guide to life.  A guide on how to live, how to move through the transitional stage between life and death, how to go beyond death and how to return through reincarnation.  There are several English translations of the text, most of them written using old fashioned phrases that are hard to understand.  This version is written in simpler English, and using contemporary terms, making the meaning much more accessible to the modern reader.

The Tibetan Book of The Dead is meant to be read aloud, in passages, and pondered over carefully.  Hearing the text and contemplating its meaning is a method of opening the mind to new ways of thinking and freeing the mind from conventional thoughts.  Ultimately, it can lead the attentive hearer to enlightenment.

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