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Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos

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A perfect companion to the well-known Tibetan Book of the Dead.

In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. The profound teachings in this book provide the under- standing and instruction necessary to turn every phase of life into an opportuni
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Wisdom Publications (first published December 25th 1997)
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Amy
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of this book was fascinating, some of it was patronizing and paternalistic. At times it was confusing and a little repetitive. As someone new to Tibetan Buddhism I appreciated the glossary and prayers and very detailed descriptions of what posture and breathing and focus to do for whichever natural liberation you are working on.
Dhattūra
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tibetan-studies
Read this book very slowly. Then read it again. An essential, profound compendium of practices, insights, explanations, and support for many, many, points along the path. There have been few books that I personally would say are so rich and informative one must read them repeatedly and keep by the cushion-side. Aho. Samaya. OM.
Bob Woodley
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a complicated text:
- Padmasambhava "composed" the root text.
- It was discovered by Karma Lingpa in the 14th century, as a terma.
- The commentary on the text in this book was written by Gyatrul Rinpoche based on a workshop he gave in 1995.
- In this book, Part I is 2 chapters of preparation texts, Part II is the Karma Lingpa text with commentary, Part III is 3 chapters of supplemental prayers.

The core text concerns the 6 bardos, which can be contrasted with the 3 bardos discussed in the Ti
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Mark Bourdon
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really a wonderful text, if you want to seriously study and learn the Bardo teachings. If you want an introduction or overview, this may not be the text to start. I read it as part of my online Vajrayana class, along with other reference materials. I will definitely reread, as well as contemplate, and meditate on the material presented.
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According to tradition, Padmasambhava was incarnated as an eight-year-old child appearing in a lotus blossom floating in Lake Dhanakosha, in the kingdom of Uddiyana, traditionally identified with the Swat Valley in present-day Pakistan. His special nature was recognized by the local king who married him to one of his daughters, Mandarava. She and Padmasambhava's other main consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, ...more

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