He has written, edited, translated and contributed to numerous books on Tibetan culture. I believe that this is the best and most complete translation in English. It was a nice effort, but ultimately, this text is made useful by Thurman's supplements, not his translation. For anyone who is afraid of dying, this book is a wonderful vehicle for setting your mind at ease, and reassurance that death is in no way the end, but as easy as opening a door and walking from one room into another one. Dorje sets the text in its literary history, and the Dalai Lama keeps to Buddhist concepts. That's not a bad thing -- it's just taking more time and effort than anticipated. That chapter seen in context here falls into place as part of a broader set of pre- as well as post-mortem litanies, guidance, and rituals.
Turns out it's a lot more academic than I expected. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, exquisitely written practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement. So just a little application now in learning these texts will go a long way later. Gyurme Dorje is a leading scholar of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, from which the Tibetan Book of the Dead literature derives. Gyurme Dorje is a leading scholar of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, from which the Tibetan Book of the Dead literature derives.
Chapter 8 offers recognition of the signs of impending death, inner and outer; rituals to avoid premature death follow in Chapter 9. Like anything else, the more you learn about it and get acquainted with it, the less shocking and scary it will be. The paper, also, I wish would have been more durable. The vivid, embossed cover and beautiful, deckled-edged pages also make this the perfect gift for a loved one. I have been a voracious reader all my life, and have been exposed to thousands of pages of literature from countless brilliant minds; my advice to those of my ilk: read this book and be amazed at the complexity of it. Now the entire text has not only been made available in English but in a translation of quite remarkable clarity and beauty. To have the full text is a huge added value.
It slows the reader down when only the general chapter heading is given, although the last part of the book is a page-by-page topical index within each chapter, so this lack is somewhat balanced. The best thing about this book, however, is that it invites the reader to learn the Tibetan death ritual for oneself. Now, in one of the year's most important publishing events, the entire text has not only been made available in English but in a translation of quite remarkable clarity and beauty. Pete Folly With this translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Natural Liberation in the Between, Thurman fulfills the function of a Bodhisattva in helping others attain liberation. The present moment, the now, is a continual bardo, always suspended between the past and the future. The introduction provided by Robert Thurman provides valuable context for understanding The Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding In the Between.
It is definitely a book than I will return to time after time. This is a book that brings ancient Buddhist teaching alive and relevant to our times. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. Thurman's version is for the everyman. Thupten Jinpa is the senior translator to the Dalai Lama and President of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
I highly reccomend this text to anyone looking for a profound meaning of life, and a heightened sense of understanding the cycle of life and death. Each night I use this in my meditation. Metaphorically, this deep mind is compared to light, a flowing stream, or the wind. Please go forth and love one another! A comprehensive guide to living and dying The Tibetan Book of the Dead contains exquisitely written guidance and practices related to transforming our experience in the daily life, on the processes of dying and the after-death state, and on how to help those who are dying. The text was discovered in the 14th century by Karma Lingpa. We have a range of more and here on the site, do a search.
I had been a practicing Buddhist for about a year, but still could not understand, or really accept the idea of transmigration, i. The acclaimed English translation of this masterpiece of world literature - prepared with the participation of the Dalai Lama One of the greatest works created by any culture and one of the most influential of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a number of distinguished translations, but strangely all of these have been partial abridgements. While none of the concepts presented by Professor Thurman in this book, relative to Buddhist teachings, are new to us, his translation and commentaries are so crystal clear so as further deepened our understanding. Endnotes are also given with more scholarly transliterations of phrases and cross-references to a bibliography. Buddhist teachings on death and rebirth are not simple to understand.
This may be a trade-off for what's an affordable edition, and the fact such a volume will stay in print as a mass-market trade paperback attests to the continuing relevance with what might well have languished as an obscure devotional tome if not for a surprising literary history. Chapter 8 enumerates many visual indications of the signs of remote, impending, and actual death that may remind medical observers in our hospitals and hospices today how carefully, even obsessively, old-school Tibetans watched the body and the mind for predictions of its end. For this, the Evans-Wentz version is still the standard. There are three main Bardos Intermediate States that are noteworthy: 1. Since 1985, he has been the principal English-language translator to the Dalai Lama. As originally intended this is as much a work for the living, as it is for those who wish to think beyond a mere conventional lifetime to a vastly greater and grander cycle.