Tibetan Book of the Dead
One of the greatest works created by any culture and overwhelmingly the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a number of distinguished but partial translations. Now the entire text has not only been made available in English but also in a translation of...more
It is a bit like a person who comes across a roasted fish, eats the bones and leaves the flesh untouched and concludes 'well that wasn't very nourishing'. So ,yes for those people, this book would be useless for them and a ...more
The book vividly describes several states of mind that the student passes through, each with their pitfalls and possible escape routes to enlightenment. If the practitioner is skilled, she or he attain ...more
A valuable guide to living and dying.
Life, it is said, is a terminal disease. You always die from it. There are no overwhelming revelations here, just a wonderfully coherent manual describing how to prepare yourself for the next Big Event. Whether you believe in reincarnation or transmografying (see Calvin & Hobbes), the book should be read by anyone with an i ...more
It is a hard read. It is logical and scientific, so if you're not used to Eastern religious text and thinking, it can be too methodical and rigorous. It's not the normal soft tone the Dalai Lama uses in his books, but does so to drive home the deep thought Buddhism has surfaced for this text.
That said, if what one wants to be doing is "reading the Book of the Dead to one who is deceased," this is probably not the edition to use unless one also has been ...more
Thurman's articulation (and sometimes analysis) of the art of death preparation through Tibetan Buddhism is patiently layered. His writing is accessible, if complex, and his translation work, though wordy and abstract, is still digestible given range of abstraction he must have waded through.
THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD chronicles the steps necessary to authentically aid an individual's encounters with the many between states of existence. There are two critical facet ...more
La parte en la que describe todo el ritual que se debe hacer con los muertos (o moribundos) me pareció, en primer lugar, bastante tenebrosa. En especial lo de hablar al oído del cadáver. Al avanzar, me di cuenta que era, al mismo tiempo, hermoso y fascinante.
"Pero está prohibido que los parientes y amigos lloren durant ...more
The Buddhists believe that regular meditation on one own mortality is a wise practice and I did f ...more
I found it very interesting to read from a cultural and ethnic standpoint but I did not find it particularly spiritual.
It is like a bed time story that you read to someone who is dying. Which is, in my opinion an interesting religious tradition.
هذا المهاتما المجهول أصله ونسبه غير التيبت من كونها تنظيم عسكري الى جنة بوذية، تنسب له العديد من الخرافات التي تذكر كمعجزات مثل تعليمه بعض اتباعه الطيران؟
ماعلينا، النقطة هنا أنه بعد أن وصل مكاناً علياً عند نفسه بقي عليه هزيمة الموت ليكمل كل ما يريده، حيث قام بكتابة هذه المخطوطة التي هي كتيب تعليمات يعيدك للحياة مرة اخرى دون ان تموت....- ليس لمدة طويلة على اي حال-؟
خبأ نسخته أو دفنها في تلال جامبو في وسط التيبت، وبعد ذلك اكتشفت من قبل أحد تلامذته بعد 600 عام. حيث رأى مناماً و علم أنه المختار لكشف ...more
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(Quote is actually Robert A F Thurman but Huston Smith, who only wrote the introduction to my edition, seems to be given full credit for this text.)”
To slave away on the pointless business of mundane life,
And then to come out empty--it is a tragic error. (116)
trans by Robert Thurman”