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    Tibetan Book of the Dead Awakening upon Dying

    ISBN-10: 1583945555
    ISBN-13: 9781583945551
    Author(s): Padmasambhava, Karma Lingpa, Elio Guarisco, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Nancy Simmons
    Description: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dyingis a new translation of the classic text also known asThe Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State.Both an ancient practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual  More...
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    Publisher: North Atlantic Books
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 320
    Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.034
    Language: English

    The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dyingis a new translation of the classic text also known asThe Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State.Both an ancient practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual document, this new version incorporates recent discoveries that have allowed for a better translation of previously ambiguous passages. The extensive introductory commentary by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the foremost living masters of Dzogchen Buddhism, clarifies the texts from the Dzogchen point of view and provides a scholarly summary of the ancient material based on his oral teachings and written works. In addition, material from several of Norbu's more recent written works and oral teachers have been added, including an essay on the four intermediate states after death entitledBirth, Life, and Death.A full-color 16-page insert of traditional Tibetan art highlights Tibet's unique aesthetic wisdom.Revealing a set of instructions designed to facilitate the inner liberation of the dead or dying person, the book provides a guide to navigating the bardo--the interval between death and rebirth. Originally composed by Padmasambhava, an important Indian master of the eighth century, theTibetan Book of the Deadwas concealed in Tibet until it was discovered in the fourteenth century by Karma Lingpa, a famous Tibetanterton(discoverer of ancient texts). Describing in detail the characteristics and fantastic visions of each stage beyond death, the book includes invocations to be read aloud to the dying person, to help his or her successful journey toward the stage of liberation.Table of Contents:Translator's Preface; Introductory Commentary by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu; Instructions; 1. Introduction to the Clear Light in the Intermediate State of the Moment of Death; 2. Introduction to the Intermediate State of Reality; 3. Introduction to the Intermediate State of Rebirth; Conclusions; Invocations; The Root Verses of the Six Intermediate States; Assisting at the Moment of Death and in the Afterlife States; Appendix One: The Symbolism of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities in theTibetan Book of the Dead; Appendix Two: Some Editions of theTibetan Book of the Dead; Bibliography; IndexEbook (ISBN 978-158394-573-5) will also be on sale on 3/12/2013.

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    Preface
    Propaedeutic Note
    Introduction
    The Great Liberation Through Hearing
    Prologue
    Premise
    Instructions
    Introduction to the Clear Light in the Intermediate State of the Moment of Death
    Introduction to the Clear Light of the Base
    Introduction to the Clear Light of the Path
    Introduction to Recognizing the Intermediate State of Reality
    The Vision of the Peaceful Deities in the Intermediate State of Reality
    The Vision of the Wrathful Deities in the Intermediate State of Reality
    Conclusion of the Introduction to the Intermediate State of the Moment of Death and the Intermediate State of Reality
    Introduction to the Intermediate State of Rebirth
    Introduction to the Mental Body
    Obstructing Womb Entrances
    Choosing a Womb Entrance
    Conclusion
    Invocations
    About These Invocations
    The Invocation That Calls to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for Help: Natural Liberation from Fear
    The Invocation That Rescues from the Perilous Paths of the Intermediate States
    The Invocation That Protects from Fear of the Intermediate States
    The Root Verses of the Six Intermediate States
    About These Verses
    The Verses
    Epilogue
    Recognizing the Signs of Encroaching Death
    Further Ways to Assist the Dying and the Dead
    The Symbolism of the Mandala of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities
    The Forty-Two Peaceful Deities
    The Awareness Holders
    The Fifty-Eight Wrathful Deities
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index
    About the Authors and Contributors

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