Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead by Graham ColemanA distillation of the acclaimed English translation of a revered Tibetan classic
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist writings in the West and one of the most inspirational and compelling texts in world literature.
In Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss, Graham Coleman, the editor of Viking?s acclaimed unabridged translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, collects the most beautifully written passages, ones that draw out the central perspectives most relevant to modern experience: What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement? New to this edition are Coleman?s introduction and his brilliant and incisive essays, which preface each chapter and provide the seeker entrée to these ancient insights. With introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a highly praised translation by Gyurme Dorje, this succinct but authoritative volume will convey the profundity of the original to those hungry for a better understanding of this life and the next.
Glenn Mullin: Bardo - The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Tibetan Book of the Dead
This ancient text was first put into written form by the legendary Padma Sambhava in the 8th century A. Translated, Bardo Thodol means "liberation by hearing on the after death plane". The book acts as a guide for the dead during the state that intervenes death and the next rebirth. This scripture The Bardo Thotrol from Tibetan Buddhism was traditionally read aloud to the dying to help them attain liberation. It guides a person to use the moment of death to recognize the nature of mind and attain liberation.
It is the best-known work of Nyingma literature. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo , the interval between death and the next rebirth. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake when death is closing in or has taken place. According to Tibetan tradition, the Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State was composed in the 8th century by Padmasambhava , written down by his primary student, Yeshe Tsogyal , buried in the Gampo hills in central Tibet and subsequently discovered by a Tibetan terton , Karma Lingpa , in the 14th century. Within the texts themselves, the two combined are referred to as Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo , Great Liberation through Hearing , or just Liberation through Hearing.