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1. Tibetan Book of the Dead
by ROBERT THURMAN
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Imagine that as you leave your body at death, you hear the voice of a loved one whispering in your ear explanations of everything you see in the world beyond. Unlike other translations of Bar do thos grol (or TheTibetan Book of the Dead), Robert Thurman's takes literally the entire gamut of metaphysical assumptions.Thurman translates Bar do thos grol as The Great Book of NaturalLiberation through Understanding in the Between. It is one of many mortuarytexts of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is commonly recited to or by aperson facing imminent death. Thurman reproduces it for this purpose, explainingin some depth the Tibetan conception of postmortem existence. Over as many as 12days, the deceased person is given explanations of what he or she sees andexperiences and is guided through innumerable visions of the realms beyond toreach eventual liberation, or, failing that, a safe rebirth. Like a backpacker'sguide to a foreign land, Thurman's version is clear, detailed, and sympatheticto the inexperienced voyager. It includes background and supplementaryinformation, and even illustrations (sorry, no maps). Don't wait until thejourney has begun. Every page should be read and memorized well ahead of time.--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE REAL NECRONOMICON
IF YOU WANT THE REAL NECRONOMICON, THIS IS IT. A MUST HAVE

3-0 out of 5 stars The study of the process of death.
This is an interesting book that brings to life many of the teachings and beliefs of the Tibetan Bhuddists. This book is primarily about the migration of souls and the process of death and rebirth. I particularly liked the background information given by the author leading into the main text that discusses the basics of this flavor of Bhuddism and the evolution of its teachings. The author retranslates the title for the purposes of reading and after reading the text, I certainly agree with him. The two major teachings that I see are what to expect after death and how to prepare for death while still alive. Although I think the emphasis is on the latter. I think you'll find that the basic tenets of this faith are found in all major religious beliefs along with noticable differences the further one defines the system. Overall, this would be a good starter text for a student of religions as well as bridge for those whose preconceived notions of religions outside their own are faulty and ignorant.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important book
This is a must have title for anyone who has an interest in Tibetan Buddism. Thurman's translation of this central Tibetan text is lucid and inspiring. His personal experience as an ordained monk, student of the Dalai Lama's and his many years of bringing the Dharma to west make him thoroughly and uniquely qualified to offer this brilliant translation. I find that Thurman writes in such a way that makes it easy to " hear ", the strong tradition of oral transmition that plays such as important role in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist teaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Accessible Guide to Liberation in the Between
With this translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Natural Liberation in the Between, Thurman fulfills the function of a Bodhisattva in helping others attain liberation. This is the most accessible, down-to-earth and learned rendering of this guide to spiritual liberation that I have encountered in modern American English. Thurman even manages to work in a little humor on the edges.

What this translation makes abundantly clear is just how many chances in the in-between we have for liberation. Apparently one has to be very non-aware to go through the in-between and miss the chance for stepping off the carousel. of samsara. (So why am I still here?)

It would be interesting to devote some time to a cross cultural/cross discipline study of death, dying and beyond. In particular, a study comparing Stan Grof's 3rd perinatal matrix; Sufi descriptions of the interworld (barzakh) and the world of Harqalya (see Corbin's Celestial Body); some schools of visualization/dream work; descriptions of the astral world (Robert Bruce's and Robert Monroe's works in particular); and shamanic traditions would be illuminating. Throw Dante in for good measure. There appear to be large areas of overlap and agreement as to what happens during death, and what happens next. (Get enough blind men together and compare their impressions of the elephant and a clearer picture may come to light.)

The best thing about this book, however, is that it invites the reader to learn the Tibetan death ritual for oneself. It helps that, as the book explains, our after-death mind is nine times more intelligent than our current mind. So just a little application now in learning these texts will go a long way later.

Face it. At some moment in the near future you will close your eyes for the last time on this world. Death is more certain than retirement - and longer. Like anything else, the more you learn about it and get acquainted with it, the less shocking and scary it will be.

5-0 out of 5 stars The commentary is worth the price of admission
While most of us are not ready to use this book, the cosmology and the explanation of what we can expect is invaluable. ... Read more


2. The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Shambala Pocket Classics)
by CHOGYAM TRUNGPA
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Tibetan Book of The Dead, read by Richard Gere
This was my first exposure to the Tibetan book of the Dead. Basically this book is an instuctional guide for traveling thru the Bardo; the period or place in which we find ourselves after death, and before incarnating into our next life or form. The book gives a very detailed description of the deities and phenomena one can expect to encounter in the Bardo, and the actions one must take to facilitate an optimal incarnation. It also instructs on the practices that we should engage in while living, to prepare for the Bardo, and therefor have the best out come of that experience. In addition, this is a guide for facilitating and guiding another person thru death and the Bardo. This is a straight forward reading of the book by Gere, it is clear and easy to understand. He is easy to listen to. The descriptions of the various dieties get a bit long winded as he decribes at least a hundred of them. Some of it is gruesome and down right scarey sounding. But the basic thing to remember is, that it is all emenating from our own mind, and not to be overcome by fear. Exposure to this information, practice and meditation on these deities can help prepare us for this experience. Apparently, if we take the correct actions (or non actions) in the bardo, we may not have to continue in samsara but can go directly to the Buddha state, or at least an incarnation in one of the more pleasant realms. I am fairly new to Tibetan Buddhism, so my interpretations of what I heard may not be a perfect reflection of the actual teachings. But that is how I heard it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Source of Wisdom and Insight into Tibetan Buddhism
Sadly, even amongst some practitioners of other sects and traditions of Buddhism not much is known about the mythology and philosophy of many of the sects and lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche released many of the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Buddhism (into which he had been trained and initiated) to the general public and as a result provided a wonderful source of information to the student, practitioner, and teacher of Buddhism. ... Read more


3. Luminous Emptiness : A Guide to the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by FRANCESCA FREMANTLE
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5-0 out of 5 stars With extensive writings on this profound work
Luminous Emptiness: Understanding The Tibetan Book Of The Dead by Buddhist teacher and practitioner Francesca Fremantle, presents the classic and enduring "Tibetan Book of the Dead" as a sacred scripture for the living to follow in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Extensive writings on the foundations of this profound work combined with a meticulous translation of the work itself, make for an absorbing and strongly recommended addition to Buddhist Studies reading lists and reference collections. ... Read more


4. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Or, the After-Death Experiences on the Bardo Plane, According to Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English Rendering
by Karma-Glin-Pa, W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Donald S. Lopez Jr.
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1927. The after death experiences on the Bardo plane, according to Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English rendering. This book is meant to teach the reader the art of living life so that death is a fulfillment and not the end. It is a book about rebirth from death; how the soul travels through life, then from one life to another, that there really is no true death. This volume give sage advice on how to learn from mistakes in previous lives and how to make one's destiny perfect. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Book of the Mind
First published in 1927. Translated by LAMA KAZI DAWA-SAMDUP. Edited by Dr. W.Y Evans-Wentz, formerly of Jesus College, Oxford who spent the rest of his life dedicating himself to following the teachings of this very translation. This writer is the one who first produced the teachings of 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' to occident man in the west. It still remains the definitive edition to this day. The book also has many footnotes and an important lengthy introduction by C.G. Jung to introduce the occident mind to the nature of the book. The footnotes are the helping hand in reading and understanding the text.

This is a book about the raw mind. It may take you many lifetimes to understand. You may understand it after the first reading. There are no devices, tools, sects, schools or Gods used to get you there. This is a book about your mind. The mind is the only device you should need along with the book to bring you to the understanding of - knowing the nature of reality. Then when you are done with the book pass it on and use the only tool that this book expounds on. The mind.

I have not even attempted to read anything else since I found this book. That is because it is definitive. The book only needs your mind. Nothing else. That is why this book is THE definitive book of the mind. Christians should not be afraid of this book in any way shape or form. It is good natured, good willing and does nothing more than help expand your goodness.

It is through the book of the dead that you will learn the book of life.

As the recently deceased Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, of Tiruvannamalai, South India, admonished Evans-Wentz when he sojourned in his ashram he said - "Each of you should ask yourself, 'who, or what, am I?' Why am I here incarnate? Whither I am destined? Why is there birth and why is there death?'"

This book has never been equaled by any other book. And I am not just talking about within the confines of theology.

This is THE book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Evans-Wentz TBD
Tamuning, Guam February 5, 2000

"The Tibetan Book of The Dead"; translated by Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup, edited by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, is written in clear, formal, academic British English circa 1922.

It is a masterpiece of translation and esoteric religious exposition.

No serious religious scholar should be without it.

It is not particularly easy to read. A good dictionary (look up "numinous" to test) should be at hand. And, unless you are reasonably versed in Tibetan & Oriental Studies, be prepared to learn a great deal of genuinely esoteric lore.

However, "The Tibetan Book of The Dead" will take you places beyond the Plane of Earthly Existence, through the Light, the Joys, Fears & Desires of the AfterLife & Back a New Born Babe.

I'd say that's worth the effort to read it & to try to understand.

Rabbi Vander Cecil

5-0 out of 5 stars Not "Pop Buddhism," A Guide For The Living
This is not the Richard Gere "pop Buddhism" approach. This is the work of an English academic in the early 20th Century, as he uncovers an "Oriental" classic for a Western audience. Evans-Wentz even brings Carl Jung into the picture for the Westerners, as Jung's psychology was "New School" at the time and offered a sublime link between Oriental and Occidental thinking. I hold this book in the highest regard, not because it is a mystical Buddhist text, but rather because it offers tips for daily living and and self-actualization. As with most quality philosophical doctrines, this book is a paradox...a book of the dead that is really an abstract book for the living, regardless of religion or nationality. It is a refreshing and enlightening break from an increasingly fundamental world.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Book and Translation (1927)
This is the original "Tibetan Book of the Dead". All other versions are a toned-down version of this work by different authors who want to accommodate people who do not want to put the work in. You need to put the work in. No one can spoon-feed this kind of wisdom to you.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is an extremely authoritative translation of the original texts of the "Bardo Thodol" by Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup who schooled W.Y.Evans-Wentz in Tibetan Buddhism. The book is an extremely important piece of work for both the scholars of psychology and religion, and the lay person who has the time to spend working on it. The book is also the reality behind the "Necronomicon" which has been popularized by fiction writers, such a H.P.Lovecraft, but has been completely taken out of its true context.

To begin with, this book is a beautiful book once you truly understand the message that it is trying to convey to the reader - or more correctly, when the reader correctly understands the message that is being conveyed. It has a primordial air to it and is certainly ancient in its wisdom and understanding. The book was translated in the early 1900s and was first published in 1927. Be warned - this book is exceptionally difficult to read because the standard of grammar used is of the highest acumen humanly possibly. Evans-Wentz was a Doctor of Literature, a Doctor of Science and a Master of Arts. If you don't have a full size Oxford dictionary, then you will have trouble reading it. There is also a difficulty in the translation. There are many Tibetan words that do not exist in English so Evans-Wentz sometimes derives a more descriptive meaning behind the message that is trying to be communicated to the reader. Dr. C.G. Jung has written an introduction at the start of the book which is mostly concerned about explaining the Tibetan meaning of the words "Soul" and "Mind". It is for reasons like these that the book requires multiple readings to fully absorb the information that is being presented. So what exactly is The Tibetan Book of the Dead? It is a corpus with several teachings. Tibetan Buddhist monks believe that if you understand the meaning of death then you will understand the meaning the life. It expounds in detail on the illusions of the human mind and gives a context for working out many questions that are philosophical and spiritual in nature.

The book is essentially split into three parts. The first part has introductions from various students of theology, psychology and Buddhism. Evans-Wentz then explains the nature of the book and gives a rough breakdown of what we will find in the "Bardo Thodol" and how it is used to help the dead find their way to Nirvana during the after-death ceremonies (like an Irish wake) but also how the book can be used as a guide for the living, which is its true intended purpose. The middle part of the book is the "Bardo Thodol" translated directly into English and third part covers the topic of Buddhism in general with references to the different schools of thought and Christianity.

The middle part of the book, the actual "Bardo Thodol", is split into three parts. There is an introduction at the start which explains the entry into the "Chikhai Bardo", the first of the Bardo regions that one automatically enters at the point of death. Then there is the second phase of the "Bardo Thodol", the "Chonyid Bardo" before the final phase of the "Bardo Thodol" the "Sidpa Bardo". Essentially these three areas can be explained as - the moment of death and the dawning of the light or nirvana, the karmic illusions of worldly things and finally the rebirth process. However do not think that this means that everybody is reborn or that Tibetans/Buddhists take reincarnation literally. It is all part of a thinking puzzle. You have got to work out things for yourself. There are hidden meanings in there. You must compare the different concepts in this book to find out what it really means! Question the "Bardo Thodol". Question what it teaches! Question what it says about itself!

The Bardo Thodol is a technical and thoroughly scientific examination of consciousness that is still highly regarded as one of the most logical and controlled methods of understanding the mind and its relation to the world of phenomena. At first glance the book may seem horrid, uncanny and evoke a fear by the mere mention of the word "death", but this is a book about the living, dedicated to life and expounds on some of the most important questions that man can ask himself. It is extremely satisfying and worthy of repetitive readings. There is a pile of footnotes to help guide you through each page.

Enormously recommended! ! ! !

(As a side note Evans-Wentz wrote several other books to follow up on this one. They should be read in the following order - (1)The Tibetan Book of the Dead, (2) Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa, (3)Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines and (4)The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation.)

5-0 out of 5 stars The central book of Thanatology
This book is probably the pre-eminent "global" text on Ars Moriendi. Stripped of culturally conditioned paraphernalia ( various Bodhisattvas, elaborate Mahayanist mythologies etc ), what remains is probably the most descriptive essay on the "great beyond" ( apart from Plato's "Phaedo", which I find even more aesthetically and cognitively persuasive, but greatly differing in spirit ).

Among the greatest merits of the book are, IMO, a clear exposition of the Trikaya doctrine, ie. Mahayanist ontology; subtle psycho-spiritual analysis ( mainly in footnotes ) of 'Knower' ( principle of consciousness, caitanya or shes-pa - permanent reincarnating "I": an entity in perfect concordance with Tantricism but not very plausible in Buddhist Theravada orthodoxy ) and visionary cartography of the three ( "Divine"( Chikai ), noetic/causal ( Chonyid ), and psychic/imaginal ( Sidpa )) supraphysical Bardo states/worlds.

Probably the biggest failure is Jung's introduction, something that makes a man suspicious whether Jung had read "Bardo Thodhol" at all. Avalon's foreword is not bad, but also not very illuminating. What makes the book readable and understandable are Evans Wentz's intro and footnotes without which "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" would be a dry and dull read. Since inception of Wentz's "Tibetan Canon" ( 4- 5 books ) many eminent authors ( Chogyam Trungpa, Tarthang Tulku, Sogyal Rinpoche,..) have written numerous works on the Vajrayana, but, as far as I'm concerned- they haven't succeeded in surpassing these early masterpieces. ... Read more


5. The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Citadel Underground)
by Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, Karma-Glin-PaBar Do Thos Grol, Timothy (Francis) Leary
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2-0 out of 5 stars Total Hype
I was personally quite disapointed in this book. The statement 'Ram Dass's famous "Be Here Now," is a prelude to "The Psychedelic Experience,"' is beyond misleading. Be here now had so much to say, but this book adds nothing to the already huge body of liturature written on the topic. If you are interested in this text, get the html version off the net and spend your money on something serious, like the Tibeten book of Living and Dying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Re: Total Hype (not!)
I would like to clear up some apparent confusion in the reviews below:

Ram Dass' book "Be Here Now" *can't* be a prelude to this book, since "Be Here Now" was written I think seven years *after* "The Psychedelic Experience." For those of you who don't know, "Ram Dass" is in fact Richard Alpert, one of the three authors of "The Psychedelic Experience."

To say that this book "adds nothing to the already huge body of liturature written on the topic" is like saying that The Bible adds nothing to the already huge body of christian literature. This book was at it's time absolutely revolutionary. It is to my knowledge the first work published giving a detailed road map for those travellers seeking spiritual enlightenment with the aid of psychedelics.

The brilliant reinterpretation of the Bardo Thodol as a guide for premortem ego death and the interpretation of numerous aspects of eastern mysticism in general in the light of Leary's "Game of Life" theory (e.g. "heavy world game playing" interpretations of "karma") makes the meaning of these ancient mystic teachings readily accessible to the mind of the western psychonaut.

If you're a psychonaut and want to better understand your experiences, read this book. If everybody who wanted to try a psychoactive substance would first read this book, there would probably never again be anybody who would have what s/he would call a "horror trip" (unless the heavy game players don't understand what they're reading and insist on taking the substances anyway.)

Read it and weep.

Wishing you Good Journeys,

erasurehead

5-0 out of 5 stars Life before death
The funny thing about this is, thousands of copies of "the Tibetan Book of the Dead," found there way on to the shelves of hippie homes, because people thought they were getting Tim's "Psychedelic Experience."

We were seeking one thing and being confused with another.

The Psychedelic Experience is a manual where many, many people who I have met; claim to have been enlightened just by following Tim's directions.

We know the Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones; The Moody Blues were all exposed to these teachings, before they became really big stars.

"When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there." George

The Beatles did a song about The Psychedelic Experience; they called it "The Void." You may remember it!

"Turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream,"

"Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void,"

"I'll play the game "existence" to the end of the beginning,"

"The Psychedelic Experience," is about life before death, The Tibetan Book is about life after death.

Ram Dass's famous "Be Here Now," is a prelude to "The Psychedelic Experience," but few people read that far.

There are three introductions in the Experience. Skip two and just read the one by lama Govinda. Tim was a researcher at Harvard University, those other introductions were written for people long dead.

The rest of the experience is quite simple (once you have had the experience that is.)

Leary's Psychedelic Experience do it now!!

5-0 out of 5 stars flow with fire-blood....
This is undoubtedly Learys definitive work.This guide book is absolutely essential if you are going to take a psychedelic drug.It really makes sense of the visions and sensations you will encounter in the different stages,or Bardos of the trip.To put it simply and to the point,Lennon said of this book,"Learys method is the only way to trip".It really is a great guide book that should send you in the right direction. PRICELESS.
P.S:All the negative reviews of this book all seem to miss the point...its a GUIDEBOOK in the truest sense of the word,an internal 'roadmap'.Its not meant to preach to you a certain point,its there to be used as a manual-to memorize and if need be,to read during your trip.You will need to get beyond the sometimes 'poetic' style and get to the essence of the message.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent discovery!
The book is brilliant! Just one thing I would add; Takeeverywhere it says LSD and replace it with Amanita muscaria (Which wasthe real entheogen this manual is experientially based upon). Then you have it! Keep in mind that NONE of the world's religions tell the whole truth, and this includes Tibetan Buddhism. All Patriarcal religions have severe problems and you should know what those problems (false dogmas) are before experimenting. The discovery that this book is not necessarily a book for the dead but a book to map the consciousness of those experiencing the Shamanistic 'Death Experience' is crucial to humanity's understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and other world religion. ... Read more


6. The Illustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead: A New Translation With Commentary
by Stephen Hodge, Martin Boord
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3-0 out of 5 stars "Abridged and Simplified" and with nice photos
This is a well-packaged presentation: the paperback is bound well, thick paper is used, the photos are lovely and plentiful, there's ample commentary which is interspersed conveniently with the text.

By the translators' intent, it is "abridged and simplified", aiming to reach an audience unfamiliar with [Tibetan] Buddhism and perhaps not up to the weight of the full texts.

What may be the problem with this approach is that the resulting text seems literal. Literalism doesn't seem an appropriate simplification as it may filter out the symbolic value of the text. In the introduction the translators' do point out the the teachings of The Book apply as much to the living (in the quest of enlightenment) as to the dead, but that reminder may get lost within the subsequent details. The translators' also speak of gods to pray to and the need for masters, which, along with the literal approach, might lead the reader to think that Tibetan Buddhism is essentially a fundamentalism.

Closely related to the Tibetan Book of the Dead is another text which has been translated by John Reynold as "Self-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness". That book, arguably quite advanced, presents a profound teaching (Dzogchen) that can in no way be mistaken for, or simplified into, a fundamentalism

5-0 out of 5 stars good for beginers in eastren philosophies
i got this book as a present to a freind who's very into eastren philosophies, he already read parts of the tibetian book of the dead, and i thought that having that followed with photos of tibet might ad another level of understanding to his studing.

first of all this book doesn't contain all the texts from the original book, and so, it gives a good over all look to this approach to life, and a nice introdaction t the subject, but not too much information on top of that, it's lacking a lot of the major asppects of this approach.
the photos are very predictable and sort of westernly matched to the texts - like a photo of a dark sky with light peeking through in a paragraph about higher power, which to me knowladge doesn't really match the concept of higher powen in the tibetian approach. the photos themself are very nice and very turistic, nothing you can't find in a postcard rack in some tibetian gift shop, if such thing exsist.

my recoomentation - if you are looking to get familier with this text - get the non illustrated full book of the dead, and if you are looking to see nice photos of tibet, there are quite a lot photo albums which are better in both quality of phtography and printing, and choice of subject.

it's a pretty nice intrudaction to the country and phylosophy, but i haven't find anything too exciting about this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated
A more accessible version for Westerners of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, 'The Great Liberation Through Hearing'.The teaching takes you through each day of the bardo of death with a comprehensive commentary. For anyone with prior Buddhist understanding, the transition between life& death detailed in this book will not come as a shock.However, forthose with no prior knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism it would probably be wiseto start somewhere else like the 'Tibetan Book of Living & Dying' bySogyal Rinpoche.

Do not be put off by thinking that this is a book justabout dying.Although it is essentially a guide for the dead, it is also aguide for the living.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead
Many people engaged in serious spiritual practice have suceeded in indefinitely putting off a "confrontation" with the Tibetan Book of the Dead.After all it is very complex, loaded with esoteric TibetanBuddhist teachings, and the subject is so -- well, shall we say not a lightentertainment accompanied by an immediate warm glow of satisfaction.

Nowthere is no reason to put it off any longer!The beautifully produced newIllustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead(a new translation with commentary) byStephen Hodge with Martin Boord fills a void with great success.

Firstthe book is physically beautiful with absolutely splendid color photographsof the Tibetan people, colorful religious celebrations and ceremonies andthe awesome scenery of this spectacular country.

Reading, absorbing andresponding to this book is very much like participating in a several dayretreat.The retreat is conducted by someone who really understands histopic.The text of the book is reduced in size from the original,eliminating much of the more obscure material and examples, but thecentral, essential elements are all here.

Those central elements, verywell introduced, are presented in afine new translation and accompaniedby very helpful explanatory material by Stephen Hodge.The first timevisitor to this esoteric spiritual classic can therefore come away from aseveral day "retreat" of reading feeling well satisfied that thebook has been opened for him/her and explicated by a master.

As ourlife is truly for the sake of dying into an eternity of awareness andbliss, and since we can in fact become familiar with the process of dyingthrough meditative reading and understanding of this book -- and since amajor point of the book is to show how easy it is to be so unfamilar withthe open doors to eternal bliss that we canmove right past them out ofignorance, why not stop now and take the time to study and learn the lessonof lessons.

Whether a reader of this book will wish to follow it up bygoing to a complete text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead is of course anindividual decision based on how satisfiedone is with the book discussedhere.Certainly, this superlativelyplanned, written and produced book isl00% more helpful and satisfying than never bothering with the Book Of TheDead at all.And it is probably equal to the task of satisfying mostreaders completely. ... Read more


7. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo. (book reviews) : An article from: The Journal of the American Oriental Society
by Richard Sherburne
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This digital document is an article from The Journal of the American Oriental Society, published by American Oriental Society on October 1, 1992. The length of the article is 262099 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo. (book reviews)
Author: Richard Sherburne
Publication: The Journal of the American Oriental Society (Refereed)
Date: October 1, 1992
Publisher: American Oriental Society
Volume: v112Issue: n4Page: p668(1)

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8. The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by Bryan J. Cuevas
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In 1927, Oxford University Press published the first western-language translation of a collection of Tibetan funerary texts (the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo) under the title The Tibetan Book of the Dead.Since that time, the work has established a powerful hold on the western popular imagination, and is now considered a classic of spiritual literature. Over the years, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has inspired numerous commentaries, an illustrated edition, a play, a video series, and even an opera.Translators, scholars, and popular devotees of the book have claimed to explain its esoteric ideas and reveal its hidden meaning. Few, however, have uttered a word about its history. Bryan J. Cuevas seeks to fill this gap in our knowledge by offering the first comprehensive historical study of the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo, and by grounding it firmly in the context of Tibetan history and culture.He begins by discussing the many ways the texts have been understood (and misunderstood) by westerners, beginning with its first editor, the Oxford-educated anthropologist Walter Y. Evans-Wentz, and continuing through the present day.The remarkable fame of the book in the west, Cuevas argues, is strikingly disproportionate to how the original Tibetan texts were perceived in their own country.Cuevas tells the story of how The Tibetan Book of the Dead was compiled in Tibet, of the lives of those who preserved and transmitted it, and explores the history of the rituals through which the life of the dead is imagined in Tibetan society. This book provides not only a fascinating look at a popular and enduring spiritual work, but also a much-needed corrective to the proliferation of ahistorical scholarship surrounding The Tibetan Book of the Dead. ... Read more


9. Living, Dreaming, Dying : Wisdom for Everyday Life from the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by ROB NAIRN
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10. America Hurrah and Other Plays: American Hurrah, Eat Cake, The Hunter and the Bird, The Serpent, Bag Lady, The Traveler, The Tibetan and Book of the Dead
by Jean-Claude Van Itallie
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Jean-Claude van Itallie is one of the most distinguished playwrights of the American avant-garde. A keen deconstruction of American popular culture, the America Hurrah triptych served notice that here was a major new dramatic voice. Rounded out with such works as Bag Lady, written in the voice of a deceptively insightful homeless woman; The Serpent, a fanciful interpretation of the story of Adam and Eve; The Traveller, which depicts a charismatic and brilliant artist recovering from a stroke; and van Itallie's dazzling play based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, America Hurrah & Other Plays is a definitive collection of the work of a major American playwright. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Society take notice...
This past year, my high school drama group and I performed "Interview" from America Hurrah. It was an amazing experience. Since then, we have taken it upon ourselves to learn as much of Van Itallie's plays as we can handle-none of them are easy. I found this book, which not only displays several of Van Itallie's plays but includes a few of his ideas on what true theatre should be. His plays, collaborations, and acting experiences are all brought to life in this book. There's even a letter written by Itallie to an acting company who attempted to perform his plays but ended up butchering them.

The plays in this book were written during the sixties and seventies, but they are entirely relevant today in a new millennial society full of materialism and focus on objects. They include the entire, original AMERICA HURRAH: a trilogic take on society in love, work, and play. THE SERPENT, an examination of our sins: when the forbidden fruit is eaten, an entire bag of apples is toppled out on stage to be shared with the audience to revel in ecstasy with those on stage. A few more experimental plays finish out the book.

Van Itallie truly is a theatrical genius of improvisation and experimental open theatre. I urge anyone interested in the theatre to take a look of these revolutionary plays. Warning though: it's hard to stop reading them.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good collection of 70s plays which still work today.
This is a collection of plays that Van Itallie developed while working with the Open Theatre in the mid-70s. They are great examples of how a playwright and a group of able actors can develop something of value through collaboration and improvisation. The plays are often satarical looks at American culture.They are also valuable because they employ several unconventional staging techniques, and present several interesting acting challenges. As a theatre professor, I have often encouraged my students to use scenes and monologues from these plays. They leave a lot of room for interpretation, and for inventive staging. Reading alone does not convey their full value. On the page they seem a little nostalgic, that their appeal is to remind us of a theatre era long past. But on stage they have the same vitality and theatrical appeal that made them successful 20 years ago. (I saw a recent production of The Fable at Virginia COmmonwealth University which was quite accessible, and still enjoyable.) ... Read more


11. Secret Doctrines of the Tibetan Book of Dead
by DETLEF INGO LAUF
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The Tibetan Books of the Dead are a diverse collection of Buddhist scriptures that yield valuable insight into the psychology of death and dying and suggest the importance of meditative practice and knowledge as tools for self-understanding. This in-depth study of this rich body of Buddhist literature details the Tibetan Buddhist belief in the bardos, or intermediate states, and serves as an illuminating companion volume to The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Using original texts from both the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Tibetan religious traditions, this book presents a detailed portrayal of the teachings and the iconography that play a major role in the Tibetan understanding of death and dying. The peaceful and wrathful deities, the mandala principle, the five buddha families, and the six realms of experience are among the doctrines examined in this volume. A psychological commentary and the illustrations and diagrams in the book illuminate the Tibetan path from death, through the after-death state, to transformation and rebirth. A comparison with Western investigations of consciousness, death, and dying, as well as views of death in India, Egypt, and other ancient cultures, enables the reader to see how the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on death relates to the spiritual and psychological beliefs of other societies. ... Read more


12. The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud
by Jean-Claude van Itallie, Gerry Vezzuso, Judith L. Lief
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Sales Rank: 232716
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Accessible, Deep and Poetic Book
Jean-Claude van Itallie has done us all a wonderful service by adapting his rich and meaningful play into a lovely book that is a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind. This book makes a perfect, accessible introduction to one of the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Without being morbid, the text takes us on the journey of a soul facing death, and gives ageless advice on how to approach not only death, but also the little deaths we face in everyday life. The combination of poetic yet pragmatic text, with evocative photos and images, is achieved simply and elegantly. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those learning about Buddhism or interested in Tibet, or to those who know of one who is facing death or loss. This book would be a treasured and memorable gift. Bravo to van Itallie for bringing these ageless teachings into the modern world with such elegance and spirit! ... Read more


13. The Tibetan book of the dead, or, the after-death experiences on the Bardo plane, according to Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English rendering /compiled and ... by C. G. Jung ; introductory foreword by Lama
by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

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4-0 out of 5 stars Evans Wentz translation remains a must
It's a shame that this book is now out of print;surprising with the supposed interest in buddhism, specifically the tibetan version. But the book is difficult...it takes real concentration and background knowlege...perhaps too much for a wide audience. Fortunately used copies are still readily available, probably handed down from people who heard about it in the sixties, but didn't quite have the energy or full desire to explore its' treasures.

New translations are out now and they are quite good.

I think a serious student student needs to read all the translations to get a better feel for their own feelings and delusions about the work and to use it as they feel fit.

This first English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and its' commentaries from 1927 remains a gem and all interested students should obtain a copy before it becomes more scarce.

5-0 out of 5 stars Obtain and reread
Fascinating well-known classic, with interesting commentaries by Jung and Evans-Wentz. Concerns what happens at death and in the "49 days" after, at which time one is reborn, or in extremely rare cases, attains Nirvana. Really, it's all in your mind, and while the title implies otherwise, this is a useful guide to everyday living. Encouraging and helps one to face death without fear. ... Read more


14. The therapeutic psychology of 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead.' : An article from: Philosophy East and West
by Robert Wicks
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This digital document is an article from Philosophy East and West, published by University of Hawaii Press on October 1, 1997. The length of the article is 7502 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

From the supplier: The 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' offers a way to enlightenment for people at every level of consciousness, but this possibility is not conveyed by the interpretations of the book by Carl Jung and Lama Anagarika Govinda. Govinda suggests that the text can only be understood by those who have developed inner hearing and inner vision, thus focusing attention away from the text's application to less enlightened states. Jung also emphasizes higher states of consciousness, but the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' addresses a wider audience and suggests that enlightenment can be achieved instantaneously at any level by adopting the correct interpretation of the world.

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Title: The therapeutic psychology of 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead.'
Author: Robert Wicks
Publication: Philosophy East and West (Refereed)
Date: October 1, 1997
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Volume: v47Issue: n4Page: p479(16)

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15. TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
by FRANCESCA FREMANTLE
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wake up call to the West!
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Why?because I feel like I have "woken up" from a comma. Thisbook is extremely important because it lets you discover a new way of looking at death and life. It is a manual for the living as well as the dead. This book also gives us valuable information about the death process as well as beautiful prayers that can be read to the deceased. As a result of reading this book I have learned about the power of spirituality and the incredible opportunity to learn something that can actually change the course of my "being." ... Read more


16. The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Catlog: Book (2005-10-06)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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17. Tibetan Book of the Dead
by Frank J. MacHovec
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18. The Tibetan book of the dead, or, How not to do it again: A play
by Jean Claude Van Itallie

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Catlog: Book (1983)
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
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19. The Tibetan Book of the Dead (or "How Not To Do It Again")..
by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, Jean-Claude Van Itallie
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Catlog: Book (1998-01)
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20. Inner Visions and Running Trains: A Comparative Study of the Unknowing Sage and the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by David C. Lane
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Catlog: Book (1992-03)
Publisher: Mount San Antonio College/Philosophy Group
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