ISBN 9781569571262,The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead



Shambhala Publications

Publication Year 1975

ISBN 9781569571262

ISBN-10 1569571260


Number of Pages 119 Pages
Language (English)


The Bardo Thotrol is a Tibetan Buddhist scripture of the Nyingma or old tradition. It concerns the nature of the mind and its projections-beautiful or terrible, peaceful or wrathful-which seem to exist objectively and inhabit the external; world. In particular it describes these projections as they appear immediately after death, in a much more overwhelming form since the consciousness is no longer grounded and shielded by its connection with a physical body. It teaches recognition of these terrifying and seductive forms, and through recognition attainment of the state of enlightenment. This centuries-old scripture was traditionally read aloud to the dying to help them attain liberation. This translation emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living as well. The insightful commentary by Chogyam Trungpa, written in language anyone can understand, explains what the text teaches us about human psychology. It will interest people concerned with death and dying as well as those who seek spiritual understanding in everyday life.