The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (Bardo Thodol)

Tibetan Book Of The Dead

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

 

The Bardo Thodol (Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State) is known in the west at the Tibetan Book Of The Dead.

According to Tibetan tradition, the Tibetan Book Of The Dead was composed in the eighth century C.E., it is intended to prepare the soul for the trials and transformations of the after world. It is intended to guide one through the experiences of the consciousness has after death and in the “bardo”, the interval between death and the next rebirth. It teaches that once awareness is freed from the body, it creates its own reality as one would experience in a dream.  The Tibetan Book Of The Dead also teaches how we can attain Nirvana by recognizing the heavenly realms instead of entering into the lower realms where the cycle of birth and rebirth continue. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake when death is closing in or has taken place.

Drawing on Tibetan spiritual traditions, it shows us the workings of the mind in its various manifestation.   By recognizing these manifestation, we can attain a state of enlightenment, both in this existence and in the existence to come. Its profound message is that the art of dying is as important as the art of living.

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