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Sunday, 27. August 2006
Bardo Thodol - The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Bardo Thodol, Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State, traditionally but inaccurately called the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a funerary text that describes the experiences of the consciousness after death during the interval known as bardo between death and rebirth.
Abstract: Short description of the travel.
Here is The Tibetan Book of the Dead as an E-book by Summum. English translation by Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup. Compiled and Edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz.
Further The Tibetan Book of the Dead by the University of Virginia Library. Special collection with the original Sanskrit texts, scroll paintings and more.
The following documentary video is worth the time to watch, so I’m sharing it here.
Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.
This streaming video takes 47 minutes.
Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.
This streaming video takes 45 minutes.
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