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Tibetan Book of the Dead
    #3503220 - 12/15/04 01:28 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Anyone here read this? I'm thinking of getting it and wondered if anybody has any opinions on it?


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Thin White Duke]
    #3503819 - 12/15/04 03:40 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

ive read one translation, it was complex, bizarre, to me it was mostly boring and useless. other translations may be better.


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Moonshoe]
    #3503833 - 12/15/04 03:44 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

What exactly is this all about? I've always thought it to be something like the Akashkic (sp) records, but I guess I was wrong?


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Moonshoe]
    #3503837 - 12/15/04 03:45 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

interesting to see how this culture's reality seems differently fragmented from our own.
lots of helpful commentary in the evans wentz version.
good for building your vocabulary and understanding


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: redgreenvines]
    #3503845 - 12/15/04 03:48 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I think Timothy Leary based some of 'Psychedelic experience' on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Thin White Duke]
    #3504006 - 12/15/04 04:41 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I believe the Tibetan Book of the Dead (I've only read portions) refers to the existance of Self right before, between, and after physical death.

It explains the process, and gives knowledge on the transition from life to death, and to life again.


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Thin White Duke]
    #3504088 - 12/15/04 04:56 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

It's worth reading mostly as an academic exercise. I read it for the sake of completeness since I've also read numerous other texts in the same genre.


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Re: Tibetan Book of the Dead [Re: Thin White Duke]
    #3504409 - 12/15/04 05:54 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I've read it. To me, it's a manual to the human psyche. It's written for the newly deceased, but IMO it's also to be understood as a manual for the initiate to understanding his or her own mental makeup. It rubbed me the right way entirely.

Note: some of it is repetition of standard phrases over and over, but I suppose that is for memorisation purposes. I suggest the Evans-Weisz edition too.


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