Author: W Y Evans-WentzPublisher: Winsome Books IndiaYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 249ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188043125
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, has taken it to be a very free translation of Bardo Thodol (Liberation by Hearing on the after-death Plane), is among the sacred book of the world. The book is pre-eminent insight into interpretations of higher lamaic teachings and of the subtle esotericism underlying the Bardo Thodol. In this Oriental ideas have been put forward in a form which I intelligible to the European mind. The Occidental parallels of various mystic or occult doctrines current in Orient are frequently referred in this book, because author’s personal experience gathered during years of wanderings chiefly in the high Himalayas and on the Tibetan frontiers of Kashmir, Garhwal, and Sikkim.It also contains a detailed introduction that serves as necessary commentary to the translation. The annotations to the text record are based on author’s research especially in relation to Northern or Mahayana Buddhism.This book is a valuable contribution to ever expanding quest for Buddhist knowledge and serve a one more spiritual stand in an unbreakable bond of goodwill and universal peace, binding East and West together in mutual respect and understanding.
PREFACEILLUSTRATIONSFOREWORDINTRODUCTIONBOOK I: THE CHIKHAI BARDO AND THE CHONYID BARDOThe ObeisancesThe IntroductionPART ITHE BARDO OF THE MOMENTS OF DEATHInstructions on the symptoms of death, or the first stage of the Chikhai Bardo: The Primary clear light seen at the moment of death.Instructions concerning the second stage of the Chikhai Bardo: The secondary clear light seen immediately after deathPART IITHE BARDO OF THE EXPERIENCING OF REALITYIntroductory Instructions concerning the Experiencing of Reality During the third stage of the Bardo, Called the Chonyid Bardo, When the Karmic Apparitions appearThe Dawning of the Peaceful deities, from the first to the seventh dayThe Dawning of the Wrathful deities, from the eighth to the fourteenth dayThe Conclusion, showing the fundamental importance of the Bardo teachingsBOOK IITHE SIDPA BARDOThe ObeisancesIntroductory VersesPART ITHE AFTER-DEATH WORLDThe Bardo Body: Its Birth and its supernormal facultiesCharacteristics of Existence in the inter-mediate stateThe JudgementThe All-Determining Influence of ThoughtThe Dawning of the Lights of the six LokasPART IITHE PROCESS OF REBIRTHThe Closing of the Door of the WombThe Choosing of the Womb-doorThe Alternative choosing: Supernormal Birth; Or womb-birthThe General ConclusionTHE APPENDIXThe Invocation of the Buddhas and BodhisattvasThe Path of Good Wishes for Saving From the Dangerous Narrow Passage-way of The BardoThe Root Verses of the six bardosThe Path of good wishes which protecteth from fear in the BardoThe ColophonADDENDAYoga TantricismMantras, or Words of PowerThe Guru and Shishya (or Chela) and InitiationsRealityNorthern and Southern Buddhism and ChristianityThe Medieval Christian JudgementINDEX