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This is the first ever complete and unabridged translation of the Bardo Thodrol, popularly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Created in close co-operation with a remarkable range of contemporary Tibetan masters, including guidance from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Zenkar Rinpoche and Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, this new translation represents a major step in the understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist vision of our journey through life and death.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead has been recognized as one of the world's spiritual classics ever since the first publications of extracts from it in 1927. Now this complete translation presents, as originally intended, a comprehensive guide to both living and dying. It contains exquistely written guidance and practices related to transforming our daily life, on preparing to use death and subsequent after-death states as a means of liberation, on recognizing death when it comes, and on how to help those who are dying and bereaved. But it is as much a work focused on the potential for transformation of our daily experience as it is for those who wish to understand the experience of death, revealing an inspirational understanding of the nature of mind.
"Carrying out the first complete translation of this cycle of teachings has been an extraordinary accomplishment undertaken with great care over many years." The Dalai Lama.
"This famous cycle of sacred instructions and practice from the heart of the ancient Buddhist tradition of Tibet throws light on the innermost nature of the mind, and forms an extraordinary guide to the experiences of life, dying, death, and rebirth. Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity." Sogyal Rinpoche