The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 7 Dec 2006
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Offers the wisdom of the Tibetan ancients to a jaded modern world (Sunday Telegraph)
One of the great scripts of civilization … a voyage inside the profound imagination of a people (Time Out)
I can't imagine anybody aware of his or her own temporal humanity not wanting to find out what this book says … this version is by far the most complete and comprehensive to date (Independent on Sunday)
Magnificent … beautiful verse meditations (Guardian)
This is an event. A new and comprehensive translation of one of the seminal works of Tibetan Buddhism (Richard Gere)
One of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)
About the Author
Commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thupten Jinpa is the senior translator to the Dalai Lama and President of the Institute of Tibetan Classics. Graham Coleman is founder of the Orient Foundation for Arts and Culture, a major Tibetan cultural conservancy organization, and writer-director of the acclaimed feature documentary Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy. Gyurme Dorje is a leading scholar of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, from which the Tibetan Book of the Dead literature derives.
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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!
However the intro by the Dalai Lama is very gobbledygook like and not for the faint hearted. It is very technical and a very intellectual intro which I found very inaccessible and disappointing as I know he can speak very well, simply and clearly. He just doesn't do that here!. This book is not for the 'everyman' so be aware of that before buying. Even my brother who has been a Buddhist for nearly 50 years says that you would need to be a committed monk to make something of this translation which IS probably worlds away better than the Evens-Wentz one that was produced in the 60s/70s when all the hippies were feeing so cosmic because they were probably reading it whilst tripping on LSD!
I'm sure it is a really good book for those for whom it is appropriate but for me a bit of a waste of money. I will try to give it to someone who can appreciate it! It probably deserves 5 stars really.
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