Luminous emptiness: understanding the Tibetan book of the dead
TheTibetan Book of the Dead,a best-seller for three decades, is one of the most widely read texts of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the years, it has been studied and cherished by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.Luminous Emptinessis a detailed guide to this classic work, elucidating its mysterious concepts, terms, and imagery. Fremantle relates the symbolic world of theTibetan Book of the Deadto the experiences of everyday life, presenting the text not as a scripture for the dying, but as a guide for the living. According to the Buddhist view, nothing is permanent or fixed. The entire world of our experience is constantly appearing and disappearing at every moment. Using vivid and dramatic imagery, theTibetan Book of the Deadpresents the notion that most of us are living in a dream that will continue from lifetime to lifetime until we truly awaken by becoming enlightened. Here, Fremantle, who worked closely with Chouml;gyam Trungpa on the 1975 translation of theTibetan Book of the Dead(Shambhala), brings the expertise of a lifetime of study to rendering this intriguing classic more accessible and meaningful to the living.Luminous Emptinessfeatures in-depth explanations of: The Tibetan Buddhist notions of death and rebirth The meaning of the five energies and the five elements in Tibetan Buddhism The mental and physical experience of dying, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A great book that provides an understanding of the highly important book of Tibetan Buddhism. More a guide to living than a book for the dying - hence the original name "Liberation Through Hearing." It is no great surprise that I spent more than 5 months with this book - and I intend on reading it a few more times to get a greater understanding. Great quote from the book... "In relation to everyday life, the bardo of existence represents each new moment just as it is about to arise; every thought, every action, and every form of expression we make. It is conditioned by the past and in turn shapes the future. "
Luminous emptiness: understanding the Tibetan book of the deadUser Review - Book Verdict
A scholar in Sanskrit and Tibetan, Fremantle is more than qualified to write this guide; she collaborated with renowned meditation master and scholar Chegyam Trungpa on a well-received translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1975. Nothing less than a careful explanation of the world and the ideas that surround that text, this new work is an excellent and plainly written manual to the complex mythologies, symbols, philosophies, and doctrines of Tibetan Buddhism. The West could hardly ask for a better primer. Highly recommended. ...
Chapter One A Book of the Living
Uncoiling in Space
The Power of Transmission
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