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The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Liberation Through Understanding the Between

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The Dalai Lama's blessing attends Thurman's translation of the Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between . Composed by Padma Sambhava in the late eighth century, this text minutely describes the ``betweens'' ( Bardos ) or after-death transition states. Thurman, who opens this work with a new section of preliminary prayers, gives a helpf
Paperback, Random House Publishing Group, 304 pages
Published January 28th 1993 by Random House Publishing Group
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Sound advice on how to avoid selecting a womb, or, if you must, how to choose the right one--which involves watching your prospective parents conceive you.
Pieter Breed
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Similar to the Bible in importance. Possibly suitable for others like myself, who for some reason got blocked from understanding the teachers in the native or home culture. Definitely an advanced teaching that explains dying as a moment of ultimate freedom, similar to falling asleep in experience and similar to progressing from childhood to adulthood in helping the soul to grow out of the material reality.
Ellie Finlay
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a few quibbles with a few of Thurman's decisions regarding translation. (e.g. he translates "karma" as "evolution") but his commentary throughout is hugely helpful, particularly for those who know little about Tibetan culture and mythology.

The glossary is extremely valuable as well. This is a book to read all the way through and then to use over and over again as a reference work.
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
Remarkable scholar... His works come from such depth of knowledge, wisdom and understand of the topics he presents...
Dominic Lenzo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is broken into 3 parts and admittedly I only completed the first 2. I might get around to the third but it’s titled supplementary translations and seems to only offer more substantive prayers to those who want to practice these teachings routinely. The first part is very interesting and fast paced giving much needed background to Tibetan Buddhism and the meaning of death in that culture. It also explains how this text was found and the history of the boddhisatva who wrote it. The secon ...more
Mark Matzeder
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
It wasn't really what I expected. I don't know what I expected. I wanted to read "The Book of the Dead" after seeing its imagery compared to psychedelic experiences, as well as being drawn to the reports of those across time and culture who have followed a path of mystic understanding.
This book may be both of those things. I listened to the Audible version of Thurman reading his translation. Some of the terminology was pretty dense. At other times I could hear Thurman struggling to read without
Nikolas Alixopulos
Probably the best translation of the Bardo Thodel for the Westerner. Thurman does a good job explaining a lot of this text that uses terminology very specific to Tibetan culture and lifestyle. In the wrong hands, this could leave a layperson scratching their heads but through examples in other religions/cultures he does a good job explaining this esoteric and important work of spiritual transmission.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i didn't read all the prayers but the history and info was informative ...more
Devon Meadows
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book and memorizing look behind the scenes of the Tibetan people.
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Very good translation, more understandable than most. You can't just skim this if you want to understand it (well at least I couldn't) ...more
Simon Håkansson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
As others have mentioned the language can be a bit confusing, his use of evolution for karma and so on. I would recommend any reader to start with the thesaurus at the end.
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Tenzin Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair of Buddhist Studies in the United States. He is the author of the bestseller Inner Revolution, as well as Anger, Infinite Life, and other popular books. He is also a translator of Tibetan texts. He serves as co-founder and president of Tibet House US, a no ...more

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