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The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Awakening Upon Dying

by Tertön Karma Lingpa

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Translated from Tibetan by Elio Guarisco

Known in Tibet as the Great Liberation through Hearing, this book is a manual of instructions to guide the dying person on the difficult path at the moment of death and the deceased person in the bewildering postmortem state, as he or she wanders in confused search for a new life. The reader first needs to awaken to the awareness that death is an ineluctable part of life. If we truly know that, our life becomes more meaningful, so that we can face death when it knocks on our door and are prepared to use that crucial time for self-realization.

    Color Plates and Illustrations......................................................vii Preface .......................................................................................ix Propaedeutic Note .................................................................... xxi Introduction by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu ................................ xxv The Great Liberation Through Hearing
  • Prologue...................................................................................... 3
  • Premise....................................................................................... 5
  • Instructions................................................................................. 9
  • Introduction to the Clear Light in the Intermediate State
  • of the Moment of Death..................................................................10
  • Introduction to the Clear Light of the Base..................................... 10
  • Introduction to the Clear Light of the Path..................................... 15
  • Introduction to Recognizing the Intermediate State
  • of Reality...............................................................................................18
  • The Vision of the Peaceful Deities in the Intermediate
  • State of Reality............................................................................... 21
  • The Vision of the Wrathful Deities in the Intermediate
  • State of Reality............................................................................... 46
  • Conclusion of the Introduction to the Intermediate State of the Moment of Death and the Intermediate State
  • of Reality........................................................................................... 67
  • Introduction to the Intermediate State of Rebirth ................. 69
  • Introduction to the Mental Body.................................................... 69
  • Obstructing Womb Entrances......................................................... 84
  • Choosing a Womb Entrance............................................................ 95
  • Conclusion...............................................................................105
  • Invocations
  • About These Invocations..........................................................109
  • The Invocation That Calls to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
  • for Help: Natural Liberation from Fear.........................................110
  • The Invocation That Rescues from the Perilous Paths of the
  • Intermediate States....................................................................112
  • The Invocation That Protects from Fear of the Intermediate
  • States..................................................................................... 116
  • The Root Verses of the Six Intermediate States
  • About These Verses.................................................................................. 119
  • The Verses................................................................................................121
  • Epilogue ......................................................................................................125
  • Appendix A: Recognizing the Signs of Encroaching
  • Death .....................................................................................................127
  • Appendix B: Further Ways to Assist the Dying and
  • the Dead ...............................................................................................133
  • Appendix C: The Symbolism of the Mandala of the Peaceful
  • and Wrathful Deities ........................................................................ 147
  • The Forty-Two Peaceful Deities..................................................150
  • The Awareness Holders..................................................................164
  • The Fifty-Eight Wrathful Deities................................................ 165
  • Notes ...........................................................................................................183
  • Bibliography ..............................................................................................231
  • Index ...........................................................................................................245
  • About the Authors and Contributors .................................................255

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