Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist writings in the West and one of the most inspirational and compelling texts in world literature. In Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss, Graham Coleman, the editor of Viking's acclaimed unabridged translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, collects the most beautifully written passages, ones that draw out the central perspectives most relevant to modern experience: What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement? Coleman introduces each chapter with a brilliant and incisive essay, providing the novice seeker entree to these ancient insights. With introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this succinct but authoritative volume will convey the beauty and profundity of the original to both the simply curious and those hungry for a better understanding of this life and the next.

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Graham Coleman is president of the Orient Foundation (UK), a major Tibetan cultural conservancy organization, and editor of the foundation's A Handbook of Tibetan Culture.

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This book includes excerpts from the complete translation of the TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, which was edited by Coleman, and related commentaries. In the highly personal commentaries, Coleman draws on his experiences with grief and refers to research on near-death experiences. The excerpts from this central Buddhist text not only illustrate fundamental teachings but also include explicit teachings on how to direct a recently deceased person to break the cycle of birth and rebirth. Stephen Hoye is a forceful narrator who seldom alters his tone. He briefly pauses between the commentaries and the excerpts from the text, and then resumes his steady and persistent pace. The repetitiveness of phrasing and syntax can become a bit tedious to listen to. J.E.M. AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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