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The most accessible and informative version of the Buddhist classic available in English, with instruction in meditation, illuminating commentary, and guidance in the practical use of the prayers.

The so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead has been renowned for centuries as a cornerstone of Buddhist wisdom and religious thought. More recently, it has become highly influential in the Western world for its psychological insights into the processes of death and dying - and what they can teach us about the ways we live our lives. It has also been found to be helpful in the grieving process by people who have recently lost their loved ones. 

Composed in the eighth century CE, it is intended to prepare the soul for the trials and transformations of the afterworld. Its profound message is that the art of dying is as important as the art of living. Drawing on Tibetan spiritual traditions, it shows us the workings of the mind in its various manifestations - terrifying and comforting, wrathful and beautiful - which appear more clearly after death in the consciousness of the deceased. By recognizing these manifestations, we can attain a state of enlightenment, both in this existence and in the existence to come. 

This authoritative translation preserves the form and spirit of the original and was prepared especially for Western audiences by Robert A. F. Thurman, one of the most prominent Tibetan scholars in America and a close associate of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s. 

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF that contains additional information and the glossary from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©1993 Robert Thurman (translator) (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • 17-11-20

i have attained enlightenment :)

im a buddha now boyoz! i made it! xD The Book of Liberation was a bonus in this so i wasnt expect that

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  • Edle Andersen
  • 21-11-20

Really

Could they not find someone else to read this interesting book ? It is a challenge to spend 10hours with a voice that is so relentless

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  • Dr Purple
  • 18-11-20

Richard Gere version on DVD way better

Too dumbed down and too much commentary per amount of text read. Narration barely tolerable, like listening to an old man yellong Get Off My Lawn. Im sad audible doesn't carry the Gere narration that seems a more authentic translation.