TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEADEDITED BY JOHN BALDOCK Book Number: 83592 Product format: HARDBACK
Scarlet satin bound luxury edition with gold tooling of the classic book which was first published in 1927, the most widely read Tibetan text in the West. The manuscript for this great work was discovered in 1919 in 'a very ragged and worn condition' and here is presented with explanatory notes. Evan-Wentz's Tibetan text is in fact one of many funerary texts known as the 'Bardo Thödol' which were read aloud in the presence of a dying or recently deceased person. Tradition relates that these texts were among the 'treasures' secreted by the Lotus Guru to be revealed later. There are stages seen at the moment of death - Primary Clear Light, Secondary Clear Light and Apparitions of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, which are projections over the deceased's own mind. They extend over 14 days and are divided into two, seven-day periods. If the deceased fails to recognise these for what they are, he is compelled to wander through the next Bardo. This is when a deceased person's consciousness is looking on rebirth in one of six realms - those of the gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry spirits, or in hell - as a means of bringing its suffering to an end. The publication of this book coincided with the resurgence in interest in spiritualism and its popularity ever since remains in part due to the many first-hand accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) and out-of-body experiences (OBEs) reported in the Western media. Only as recently as 2008 saw the launch of a three year project that will gather evidence from hospitals in both the UK and USA which is hoped to increase our understanding of these phenomena and shed further light on the nature of consciousness and the relationship between mind and body. 160 quality glossy pages, beautifully decorated with Tibetan imagery in colour on every page and exquisite borders and design. Satin bound. First time reduced by special arrangement direct with the publisher.
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