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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics) by [Coleman, Graham]
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Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity. (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying")

I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world. (His Holiness The Dalai Lama)

One of the great scripts of world civilization . . . a voyage inside the profound imagination of a people, immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise. ("Time Out", London)

Magnificent . . . beautiful verse meditations. ("The Guardian", London)

The most celebrated and widely read work of Tibetan literature outside Tibet . . . now in its finest and most complete form in this excellent English translation. (Bryan J. Cuevas, "Tricycle")

Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity. (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying")

One of the great scripts of world civilization . . . a voyage inside the profound imagination of a people, immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise. ("Time Out", London)

This new translation of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a tremendous accomplishment. The whole text is a vast source of inspiration. (Francesca Fremantle, "Buddhadharma" magazine)

Magnificent . . . beautiful verse meditations. ("The Guardian", London)

I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world. (His Holiness The Dalai Lama)



This new translation of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a tremendous accomplishment. The whole text is a vast source of inspiration. (Francesca Fremantle, "Buddhadharma" magazine)
The most celebrated and widely read work of Tibetan literature outside Tibet . . . now in its finest and most complete form in this excellent English translation. (Bryan J. Cuevas, "Tricycle")
Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity. (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying")
One of the great scripts of world civilization . . . a voyage inside the profound imagination of a people, immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise. ("Time Out," London)
Magnificent . . . beautiful verse meditations. ("The Guardian," London)
I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world. (His Holiness The Dalai Lama)

Sogyal Rinpoche

Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in
the spiritual heritage of humanity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8674 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI943C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a newcomer to Buddhism, this was on my most wanted book list as it is a collection of teachings on dying, Bardo and rebirth.

I must stress that it would be very wise to have read elementary teachings on Buddhsim as some of the philosophical concepts are very difficult to understand for a beginner. There are numerous introductions at the start of the book, including one by HH The Dalai Lama which require you to be comfortable with many quite difficult subjects such as emptiness, dependent origination and so on. To be honest it took me a few nights just to read the introduction as I had to read sentences sometimes 10 times to try to understand them.

I would suggest a newcomer should read something like "The Joy of Living" by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche first (very well written and easy to understand) and then "Turning Confusion into Clarity" by the same author. Even then you might struggle.

I suppose it would be best to have a teacher to discuss the book with as you read it, I haven't found one yet.

Despite all of the above, the translation is easy to read and has footnotes. I like Thupten Jinpa (one of the authors and HH The Dalai Lama's official translator), and this was part of the reason I bought the book .

Good read - just persevere!
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This is indeed a very important book, with some pleasant illustrations. As an object it is wonderfully presented, the binding, cutting and whatever processes the book goes through have clearly been undertaken with great care or expensive machinery. Few books are as attractive or durable these days. What's really important, however, is the contents. If you believe in the words, they could prepare you for death and what lies beyond it (there are descriptions of the dying process which, if committed to memory, could be extremely comforting when the time comes). If you remain sceptical or follow another faith, relish the spectacular imagery and often beautiful verse in which many passages are expressed.
If I *had* to gripe, it'd be about the review above (below?) which, like many others on Amazon, is opinionated and enthusiastic but rather pointless. "I haven't read it but I bet it's ace" is hardly likely to encourage someone to part with nearly £20 to try a book, is it?
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I bought this book when it was first published, out of impulse actually, because of the binding, and I am glad I did because it is a beautiful book to read. Someone once told me you cant read the TBOD without a Master's interpretation or guidance, but this is incorrect; if you are, like myself, interested in a general read to explore an esoteric work yourself, then the the various introductory chapters are more than enough to prepare the reader for the main text.
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This is one of those books everyone should read in their lifetime. I found it moving, and so very peaceful and has made me realise death is nothing to fear. Its not an easy book to read without any knowledge of Buddhism, but with my limited amount of knowledge (I'm still learning) I understood the book. Its a book I will re read over the years.
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Format: Paperback
This review is for the paperback edition of the book and not the folio edition hardback which is beautifully produced. However it still has the colour plates of a thangka (Tibetan scroll painting) of the deities in the text and a neat metal foil on the cover...but what's inside it?

What isn't inside is the much loved Evens Wentz'sThe Tibetan Book of the Dead: Or the After-Death Experiences on the Bardo Plane translation that first captured Western esoteric imagination back in the late 1920's and on into the 60's. People familiar with it's rich evocative language and the religious lilt of the KJV Bible and Jung's introduction to that book maybe disappointed at the difference.

However as Evan's Wentz recognised he was introducing pioneer translation to English speakers he foresaw future advances in translation technique and knowledge. The new translation then comes after a century of scholarship and study in the West of Tibetan language and faith and so is the more technically 'accurate' translation. It is also one that comes with the blessing and advice of people who profoundly understand it's content, context and layers of meaning.

Inside the cover are the full practices to do with the text which a monk or retreatant would study before being introduced to the text we know as 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' (This books Chapter 10). It is authorised by the Dalia Lama who's introduction about death and dying goes well beyond his usual forwards. Oral instructions were given to the translators by Dilgo Khyentse a great Tibetan Master of the 20th Century which will matter to some readers.
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Have been trying to borrow this book from the library for years to no avail. Bought it for my husband - not so easy to read as other books on dying by tibetans - think you need to have read a couple of others to understand it more fully but really comprehensive and everything he thought it would be.
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