Well meaning people criticise the Tibetan model of what happens on the death bed and, by extension, after death, as being unique to Tibet, with no parallels anywhere, and so can't be taken seriously.
But these well meaning pundits can't see the latest phenomenon which is right under their noses. I mean the near death experience. This experience we hear so much about parallels what the Tibetan people are talking about. Indeed, no other spiritual tradition even comes close to a parallel with what is happening today on the hospital trolley.
Sure, the hospital trolley thing isn't a solid after death state, but still, the near death experience, when the heart stops and the brain stops functioning, and granted, the person died for a minute or two, produces intense visual worlds. Even sceptics admit this.
Uniquely, the sceptics have been drawn into a strange corner. Instead of saying it is a real experience, the sceptics argue that the brain, starved of life, produces crazy hallucinations. I find the debates between the believers and the sceptics very surreal indeed!
Now we only know about this strange visual experience because of our scientific technology. Only since the 1970's have we been able to revive patients. Today, the near death experience is so common and even if it is some sort of dream or hallucination, it is still a real sign of something that should not be there and goes against the common sense idea of sick brain equals blackness.
The fact that sceptics are forced to admit the validity of the hallucinations is astonishing too. Sure they point out that the patient was not really dead and so their defence is the experience being some sort of dream, even though they say themselves that the brain wasn't working proper. This is fine, the sceptics do a good job, but they are conceding that big visions happen when they are not supposed to. The logic forces them to conceded a hallucinating sick brain.
The only culture claiming big visions, or if you want, hallucinations, on the death bed are the Tibetans. This is a phenomenal parallel.
We are only at the foot of the mountain. Maybe it is some sort of hallucination and maybe the sceptics are right. But they can't dismiss the fact that, 1000 years ago, a bunch of guys from Tibet are saying that when the person dies, the hallucinations. This is exactly what the hospital trolley people are saying.
Now if they got that right, then surely the extension of all this is right too? I think no one points this out because the implications are far too spooky. That is, hundreds of years ago, the Tibetans were saying the same thing as science, and without modern technology. This is an amazing parallel. It boggles my mind that people can't see the similarity.
Here is the fascinating part. If the Tibetans were able to parallel modern science, then we can't easily dismiss what they say happens after the near death experience. According to the Tibetans, the near death experience isn't a hallucination. Why? Well the visuals carry on into the death experience, followed by the post death experience, then rebirth.
Science will one day catch up I am sure.