Secret Doctrines of the Tibetan Books of the Dead

Secret Doctrines of the Tibetan Books of the Dead

Detlef Ingo Lauf


The Tibetan Books of the lifeless are a various number of Buddhist scriptures that yield priceless perception into the psychology of loss of life and demise and recommend the significance of meditative perform and information as instruments for self-understanding. This in-depth research of this wealthy physique of Buddhist literature info the Tibetan Buddhist trust within the bardos, of intermediate states, and serves as an illuminating significant other quantity to The Tibetan publication of the lifeless. utilizing unique texts from either the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Tibetan spiritual traditions, this ebook provides an in depth portrayal of the lessons and the iconography that play an immense position within the Tibetan knowing of loss of life and death. The peaceable and wrathful deities, the mandala precept, the 5 Buddha households, and the six geographical regions of expertise are one of the doctrines tested during this quantity. A mental observation and the illustrations and diagrams within the publication light up the Tibetan direction from loss of life, in the course of the after-death country, to transformation and rebirth. A comparability with Western investigations of cognizance, loss of life, and demise, in addition to perspectives of loss of life in India, Egypt, and different historical cultures, permits the reader to determine how the Tibetan Buddhist standpoint on dying pertains to the religious and mental ideals of alternative societies.

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