Friday, June 22, 2007
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
As a young man I tuned in, turned on and read the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The title is a poor translation for "The Bardo Thodol". A translation that conjures up dark images of exotic ghosts and mysteries of a far off land. The book however is not a work of scary science fiction, It is A Buddhist text that literally translates, "liberation through hearing in the intermediate state". Traditionally the Tibetan book of the dead is recited by lamas over a dying or recently deceased person, or sometimes over an effigy of the deceased. It has been suggested that it is a sign of the influence of shamanism on Tibetan Buddhism.
The book changed not only the way I look at death even to this day, but it has more importantly helped me to look at life and recognize the beauty of everything and every moment. It taught me to have no fear and no attachment to the material world. I recommend you read this book if you are interested in Karma or spirituality or on L.S.D.