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The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

by W Y Evans-Wentz

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Language

English

Publisher

New Age Books

ISBN

8178222515 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 248

Binding

Paperback

W Y Evans-Wentz

Author: W Y Evans-Wentz
Publisher: New Age Books
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 248
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178222515

Description

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 is 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 tot eh 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 as one more spiritual stand in an unbreakable bond of goodwill and universal peace, binding East and West together in mutual respect and understanding.

Contents

PREFACE

ILLUSTRATIONS

FOREWORD
The Science of Death, by Sir John Woodroffe

INTRODUCTION

The Importance of the Bardo Thodol
The Symbolism
The Esoteric Significance of the Forty-Nine Days of the Bardo
The Esoteric Significance of the Five Elements
The Wisdom Teachings
The Death Ceremonies
The Bardo, or After-Death state
The Psychology of the Bardo Visions
The Judgment
The Rebirth Doctrine
The Cosmography
The Fundamental Teachings Summarized
The Manuscript
The Origin of the Bardo Thodol
The Translating and the Editing

BOOK I: THE CHIKHAI BARDO AND THE CHONYID BARDO

THE OBEISANCES

THE INTRODUCTION

PART I
THE BARDO OF THE MOMENTS OF DEATH

Instructions 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 Death

PART II
THE BARDO OF THE EXPERIENCING OF REALITY

Introductory Instructions Concerning the Experiencing of Reality During the Third Stage of the Bardo, called the Chonyid Bardo, When the Karmic Apparitions Appear

The Dawning of the peaceful Deities, from The first to the Seventh Day

The Dawning of the Wrathful Deities, from the Eight to the Fourteenth Day

The Conclusion, Showing the Fundamental Importance of the Bardo Teachings

BOOK II
THE SIDPA BARDO

The Obeisances
Introductory Verses

PART I
THE AFTER-DEATH WORLD

The Bardo Body: Its Birth and Its Super-Normal Faculties
Characteristics of Existence in the Inter Mediate State

The Judgement
The All-Determining Influence of Thought
The Dawning of the Lights of the six Lokas

PART II
THE PROCESS OF REBIRTH

The Closing of the Door of the Womb
The Choosing of the Womb-Door
The alternative Choosing: Supernormal Birth; or womb-Birth
The General Conclusion

THE APPENDIX

The Invocation of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

The Path of Good Wishes for Saving from the dangerous narrow passage-way of the Bardo.

The Root Verses of the six Bardos

The Path of Good Wishes Which Protecteth from fear in the Bardo

The Colophon

ADDENDA

Yoga
Tantricism
Mantras, or Words of Power
The Guru and Shishya (or Chela) and Initiations
Reality
Northern and Southern Buddhism and Christianity
The Medieval Christian Judgment

Index

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