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The Illustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead: A New Reference Manual for the Soul

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Uniquely blending poetry and prose, this magnificently illustrated modern adaptation of the Buddhist “reference manual to the soul” offers spiritual teachings that are practical for today’s world. Adapted from a version written by one of Tibet’s great spiritual leaders in the 8th century. “A new translation and commentary...features lively poetry and prose accompanied by l ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 128 pages
Published June 30th 2000 by Sterling (first published April 1st 1999)
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Lynne King
Jan 22, 2014 Lynne King rated it really liked it

To die, to sleep;
To sleep; perchance to dream; ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.

And what a better way to start this beautifully illustrated and abridged version of the Tibetan Book of the Dead (known as the Bardo Thodol which describes the six Bardos), than with a quote from Shakespeare and this rather interesting introduction:

From the earliest times until the recent past, the vast majority of people
Claudia Loureiro
A more accessible version for Westerners of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, 'The Great Liberation Through Hearing'. I love it. It's really easy to understand - the commentary really helps - and the photos are beautiful. I recommend this book.
Jimmy Ele
Filled with great nuggets of wisdom, however I did not choose to give this a rating because it is a spiritual/religious text, and therefore chose to exempt a rating based on my opinion. I did this because it could be deeper than I currently understand or it could be otherwise. My point being, I do not know and therefore instead of rating it and subjecting a spiritual/religious text to my human interpretation I have decided to leave it unrated. What I can definitely say is that I found certain st ...more
Aunty Social
Martin Boord is a twat and i hate all of his books and advise no-one to read them
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“If we constantly apply ourselves to meditation practice during the course of our lives, we may be able, though with some difficulty, to strip away all the supports that maintain the illusion of the ego-self. However, the material fabric of the ego's support-bot the world and the physical body-is destroyed by death and all contact with its "friends" is severed. Now the mind is truly left to its own devices and its experience of reality is much more direct and immediate. The worldly concerns which formerly served as the support of the ego have all been stripped away and the insubstantial nature of its condition has been exposed in all its falsity. It was never really real at all, and the awesome power of this truth may strike the consciousness like a bombshell!” 1 likes
“These spiraling rainbows of light take on the shapes of various divine beings, initially in peaceful groups but later in terrifying images of wrath. These become embodiments of the deceased's spiritual energies, and array themselves in mandalalike patterns that reveal the spiritual structure of the universe and form the great mandala of primordial enlightenment. They are like the facets of a diamond, each unique in itself yet all belonging to the whole.” 1 likes
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