Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Francesca Fremantle


The Tibetan ebook of the useless, a best-seller for 3 a long time, is without doubt one of the most generally learn texts of Tibetan Buddhism. through the years, it's been studied and loved by way of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Luminous vacancy is an in depth consultant to this vintage paintings, elucidating its mysterious strategies, phrases, and imagery. Fremantle relates the symbolic global of the Tibetan publication of the useless to the reviews of daily life, featuring the textual content now not as a scripture for the loss of life, yet as a consultant for the residing.

According to the Buddhist view, not anything is everlasting or mounted. the total global of our event is continually showing and disappearing at each second. utilizing shiny and dramatic imagery, the Tibetan e-book of the lifeless presents the idea that almost all folks reside in a dream that might proceed from lifetime to lifetime until eventually we actually wake up by way of changing into enlightened. right here, Fremantle, who labored heavily with Chögyam Trungpa at the 1975 translation of the Tibetan e-book of the lifeless (Shambhala), brings the services of a life of research to rendering this exciting vintage extra obtainable and significant to the residing.

Luminous vacancy features in-depth motives of:

   •  The Tibetan Buddhist notions of loss of life and rebirth
   •  The that means of the 5 energies and the 5 parts in Tibetan Buddhism
   •  The psychological and actual event of demise, in line with the Tibetan Buddhist culture

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