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Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead
Graham Coleman & Thupten Jinpa, eds. The Dalai Lama, commentary. Gyurme Dorje, trans.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.95 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780670021284
Pages/Publication Date 188/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30056
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What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement? To explore these questions, this book offers key excerpts from Gyurme Dorje's 2005 unabridged English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead (the Bardo Thodol, sometimes translated as Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State). Graham Coleman, an editor who piloted that translation, introduces each of these beautifully written passages, while the Dalai Lama provides an introductory commentary for the volume.

"Both verse extracts and prose commentary provide a brief but intense introduction to subtle Buddhist concepts of mind, the self, impermanence, karma, and continuity of consciousness after death. The translation is beautifully clear, the content complex; a glossary explains in precise detail terms and concepts used in the text. The idea that death, the intermediate state, and rebirth may mirror the sleep, dreams, and awakening of ordinary life help guide the reader into this challenging set of ideas. Parallels with modern accounts of near-death experiences are also noted. This glimpse into the extraordinary intricacy of Buddhism shows how a major Tibetan text addressed the needs of both the living and the dead."Publishers Weekly

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