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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying

Awakening Upon Dying

Awakening upon Dying: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

author: Tertön Karma Lingpa

pages: 336

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9781583945551

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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.

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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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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying

Awakening Upon Dying

Awakening upon Dying: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

author: Tertön Karma Lingpa

pages: 336

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