The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Buddhist Teachings on Death and Dying (Hardcover)
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The classic text describing Tibetan Buddhist beliefs about death and the afterlife, presented in a high-quality, Chinese-bound format. First revealed by a Tibetan monk in the fourteeenth century, Bardo Thodol--known more commonly as The Tibetan Book of the Dead--describes the experience of human consciousness in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth. The teachings are designed to help the dying regain clarity of awareness at the moment of death, and by doing so achieve enlightened liberation. Popular throughout the world since the 1960s and overwhelmingly the best-known Buddhist text in the West, this classic translation by Kazi Dawa Samdup is divided into 21 chapters, with sections on the chikhai bardo, or the clear light seen at the moment of death; ch nyid bardo, or karmic apparitions; the wisdom of peaceful deities, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas; the 58 flame-enhaloed, wrathful, blood-drinking deities; the judgement of those who the dying has known in life through the "mirror of karma"; and the process of rebirth. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake for the dying.