Number of page: 354
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds–a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford’s first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz’s landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book–which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being–was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying–not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth–The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison. This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz’s three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book’s translation, and finally the volume’s profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book’s audience–from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement–and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.
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- Ellie P
5 Stars even though I haven’t downloaded yet. This is THE ORIGINAL TRANSLATION from 1927. Every other version is based on this one. If Buddhism interests u, this book is a must.
LibraryThing Review An interesting, and informative, read.
- Michael Murray
Review: The Tibetan Book of the Dead I must have read this 1970 or thereabouts – all I seem to remember are endless and complicated prayers, that said v little. But then last week in a Heart Foundation Charity shop I saw a DVD – it was
LibraryThing Review The so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead is my true Penelope. Thurman’s translation is my least favorite of the translations of the Bardo Thodol (except for the W. Y. Evans-Wentz/Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup
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The Tibetan book of the dead; or, the after-death experiences on the Bardo plane, according to LÃ„ ma Kazi Dawa-Samdup’s English rendering Probably the single most recognizable Tibetan title to Western readers, this text (elaborated in the 14th century) discusses the process of death and rebirth as understood by Tibetan Buddhists.
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The Tibetan book of the dead: or, The after-death experiences on the Bardo plane, according to Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup’s English rendering Evans-Wentz, an Oxford professor, produced a number of original studies on Tibetan Buddhism from the 1930s to the 1960s, which went through several editions. Oxford here resurrects four of these works
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
A modern readable version
Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines: Or Seven Books of Wisdom of the Great Path, According to the Late L=ama Kazi Dawa-Samdup’s English Rendering, Edition 3
Books audiotapes and classes about yoga are today as familiar as they are widespread but we in the West have only recently become engaged in the meditative doctrines of the East only in the last 70 or 80 years in fact In the early part of the 20th century it was the pioneering efforts of keen scholars like W Y Evans Wentz the late editor of this volume that triggered our ongoing occidental fascination with such phenomena as yoga Zen and meditation Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines a companion to the popular Tibetan Book of the Dead which is also published by Oxford in an authoritative Evans Wentz edition is a collection of seven authentic Tibetan yoga texts that first appeared in English in 1935 In these pages amid useful photographs and reproductions of yoga paintings and manuscripts readers will encounter some of the principal meditations used by Hindu and Tibetan gurus and philosophers throughout the ages in the attainment of Right Knowledge and Enlightenment Special commentaries precede each translated text and a comprehensive introduction contrasts the tenets of Buddhism with European notions of religion philosophy and science Evans Wentz has also included a body of orally transmitted traditions and teachings that he received firsthand during his fifteen plus years of study in the Orient findings that will interest any student of anthropology psychology comparative religion or applied Mah ay ana Yoga These seven distinct but intimately related texts will grant any reader a full and complete view of the spiritual teachings that still inform the life and culture of the East As with Evans Wentz s other three Oxford titles on Tibetan religion which are also appearing in new editions this third edition of Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines features a new foreword by Donald S Lopez author of the recent Prisoners of Shangri La Tibetan Buddhism and the West
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation: Or the Method of Realizing Nirv=ana through Knowing the Mind, Edition 2
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation which was unknown to the Western world until its first publication in 1954 speaks to the quintessence of the Supreme Path or Mah ay ana and fully reveals the yogic method of attaining Enlightenment Such attainment can happen as shown here by means of knowing the One Mind the cosmic All Consciousness without recourse to the postures breathings and other techniques associated with the lower yogas The original text for this volume belongs to the Bardo Th dol series of treatises concerning various ways of achieving transcendence a series that figures into the Tantric school of the Mah ay ana Authorship of this particular volume is attributed to the legendary Padma Sambhava who journeyed from India to Tibet in the 8th century as the story goes at the invitation of a Tibetan king Padma Sambhava s text per se is preceded by an account of the great guru s own life and secret doctrines It is followed by the testamentary teachings of the Guru Phadampa Sangay which are meant to augment the thought of the other gurus discussed herein Still more useful supplementary material will be found in the book s introductory remarks by its editor Evans Wentz and by the eminent psychoanalyst C G Jung The former presents a 100 page General Introduction that explains several key names and notions such as Nirv ana for starters with the lucidity ease and sagacity that are this scholar s hallmark the latter offers a Psychological Commentary that weighs the differences between Eastern and Western modes of thought before equating the collective unconscious with the Enlightened Mind of the Buddhist As with the other three volumes in the late Evans Wentz s critically acclaimed Tibetan series all four of which are being published by Oxford in new editions this book also features a new Foreword by Donald S Lopez
“The Tibetan Book of the Dead”: A Biography
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927 Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid trip and the Beatles quoted Leary s version in their song Tomorrow Never Knows More recently the book has been adopted by the hospice movement enshrined by Penguin Classics and made into an audiobook read by Richard Gere Yet as acclaimed writer and scholar of Buddhism Donald Lopez writes The Tibetan Book of the Dead is not really Tibetan it is not really a book and it is not really about death In this compelling introduction and short history Lopez tells the strange story of how a relatively obscure and malleable collection of Buddhist texts of uncertain origin came to be so revered and so misunderstood in the West The central character in this story is Walter Evans Wentz 1878 1965 an eccentric scholar and spiritual seeker from Trenton New Jersey who despite not knowing the Tibetan language and never visiting the country crafted and named The Tibetan Book of the Dead In fact Lopez argues Evans Wentz s book is much more American than Tibetan owing a greater debt to Theosophy and Madame Blavatsky than to the lamas of the Land of Snows Indeed Lopez suggests that the book s perennial appeal stems not only from its origins in magical and mysterious Tibet but also from the way Evans Wentz translated the text into the language of a very American spirituality