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The Tibetan Book Of The Dead - Robert Thurman

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780553370904
Number Of Pages: 304

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The most accessible and informative version of the Buddhist classic available in English, with instruction in meditation, illuminating commentary, and guidance in the practical use of the prayers
The so-called “Tibetan Book of the Dead” has been renowned for centuries as a cornerstone of Buddhist wisdom and religious thought. More recently, it has become highly influential in the Western world for its psychological insights into the processes of death and dying—and what they can teach us about the ways we live our lives. It has also been found to be helpful in the grieving process by people who have recently lost their loved ones.
Composed in the eighth century C.E., it is intended to prepare the soul for the trials and transformations of the afterworld. Its profound message is that the art of dying is as important as the art of living. Drawing on Tibetan spiritual traditions, it shows us the workings of the mind in its various manifestations—terrifying and comforting, wrathful and beautiful—which appear more clearly after death in the consciousness of the deceased. By recognizing these manifestations, we can attain a state of enlightenment, both in this existence and in the existence to come.
This authoritative translation preserves the form and spirit of the original and was prepared especially for Western readers by Robert A. F. Thurman, one of the most prominent Tibetan scholars in America and a close associate of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s.

About the Author

Acclaimed translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and author of Inner Revolution, is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the department of religion at Columbia University and is the director of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is a friend of the Dalai Lama’s, president of Tibet House U.S., and one of the most visible and respected Buddhist scholars and thinkers in the West.

List of Figures
List of Color Plates
Preparations for the Journey
Backgroundp. 5
An Outline of Tibetan Historyp. 5
Tibet: A Spiritual Civilizationp. 10
Tibet's Present Plightp. 12
Buddhism in Summaryp. 13
Tibetan Ideas About Deathp. 18
The Tibetan Science of Deathp. 23
What Is Death?p. 23
The Six Realmsp. 29
The Three Buddha Bodiesp. 33
The Body-Mind Complexp. 35
Stages of Deathp. 41
The Reality of Liberationp. 45
The Tibetan Art of Dyingp. 51
Introductionp. 51
Ordinary Preparations for Deathp. 52
Extraordinary Preparationsp. 58
The Natural Liberation Literaturep. 83
The History of the Textsp. 83
The Sections of the Bookp. 87
The Guidebook for the Journey: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
The Between Prayersp. 97
The Prayer of the Three Body Mentor Yogap. 99
The Prayer for Help from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvasp. 105
The Prayer for Deliverance from the Straits of the Betweenp. 108
The Prayer for Refuge from the Terrors of the Betweenp. 112
The Root Verses of the Six Betweensp. 115
The Guidebook to the Betweensp. 117
The Prayer of the Reality Betweenp. 117
The Mild Deity Reality Betweenp. 131
The Fierce Deity Reality Betweenp. 149
Orientation to the Existence Betweenp. 167
Supplementary Translations
The Dharma Practice, Natural Liberation of the Instinctsp. 205
The Ten Branches of Accumulating Meritp. 206
Enlightening, Protecting, and Purifyingp. 210
The Actual Visualizationp. 211
The Natural Liberation Through Naked Vision, Identifying the Intelligencep. 227
The Quintessencep. 228
The Need for This Identificationp. 229
The Detailed Identificationp. 231
Glossaryp. 243
Essential Bibliographyp. 277
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780553370904
ISBN-10: 0553370901
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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