The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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by Robert Thurman
     
 

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The most prominent expert on Tibetan Buddhism in the West offers a translation of this essential book of Tibetan philosophy that captures the true spirit and poetry of the original work—a profound book that reveals the nature of the mind and its manifestations and offers pure enlightenment.

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The most prominent expert on Tibetan Buddhism in the West offers a translation of this essential book of Tibetan philosophy that captures the true spirit and poetry of the original work—a profound book that reveals the nature of the mind and its manifestations and offers pure enlightenment.

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Library Journal
The Dalai Lama's blessing attends Thurman's translation of the Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between . Composed by Padma Sambhava in the late eighth century, this text minutely describes the ``betweens'' ( Bardos ) or after-death transition states. Thurman, who opens this work with a new section of preliminary prayers, gives a helpful commentary in terms Westerners can understand and boldface portions to be read aloud in the presence of the dead. He closes by appending Nyingma tradition works to the main text. This text has already been translated in 1927 and 1975, and some of Thurman's new translation choices are questionable. For instance, the West has adopted the term karma , which expresses the original meaning better than evolution --an alternative that obscures the personal responsibility emphasized in Buddhism. In addition, since Tibetan pronouns are sexually neutral, alternating his with her from verse to verse confuses. Still, Westerners will find this a colorful, awesome journey. For informed readers.-- Dara Eklund, Los Angeles P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553370904
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
216,075
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.82(d)

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