The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of LifeDeath is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.

Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.

Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

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  • meo

    The next great journey after life and birth.

  • Kurrrt

    Great job filming and sharing secrets of our souls. The Tibetan ideals have an interisting foundation on both sides of existence. And described in a way old history intended to keep. Being closer with creation invites humanity into it.?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ????, ?? ??????

  • Kurrrt

    (those ?question marks? are a different language the page did not accept). thank you.

  • MIchael22541

    Awesome! I know I will be watching this one over and over again. Thank you!!!

  • davada8

    why lye on the right side for peace not the left? wondering because I almost died in Bali from infections in my right side. I was not able to lie on my right side.

  • guru choykokkee

    Take refuge in the Buddha
    Take refuge in the Dharma
    Take refuge in the Sangha

    Thus as I heard from the buddha in The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Sixteen
    'THE THUS COME ONE'S LIFE SPAN' states:
    They would grow arrogant and lax.
    Unruly and attached to the five desires,
    They would tumble into the evil paths.
    I am ever aware of living beings
    Those who practice the Way and those who do not.
    I speak various Dharmas for their sakes
    To save them in an appropriate manner.
    I am always thinking,
    "How can I cause living beings
    To enter the Unsurpassed Way
    And to quickly perfect the body of a Buddha?"

    Let take this as our mission for each rebirth and work to liberate more lives through our practice of buddha compassion and wisdom.
    I am always thinking,
    "How can I cause living beings
    To enter the Unsurpassed Way
    And to quickly perfect the body of a Buddha?"

  • Matthew Jones

    @davada8 Not 100% sure if this is right, but the left hand lies atop the right in the cosmic mudra to subdue the more dominant, active right side with the more passive left, in order to bring about balance and equanimity in meditation. Same goes for left and right leg positions in full lotus (the Buddha's are shown the opposite way in statues because he is active teaching/spreading the Dharma), so I'm betting that it's the same/similar principle for the right side being the preferable side to lie on for reclining meditation.

  • Kristy

    Tibetan Book of the Dead : A
    Way of Life talked about the different approaches Tibetan's have towards death and follows the rituals that the Tibetans follow after someone dies. As I did my third project on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, this documentary offered a real life view into the rituals that I read about. It was interesting to see the Buddhist rituals carried out by real people and it made them much more real and relatable. The parts when the documentary cut back to a western hospital was pretty interesting as it showed how the Tibetan Book of the Dead doesn't
    only relate back to Tibetan Buddhism but also can relate to others who are searching for a meaning in death. The documentary was pretty good. I would recommend others to watch it.

  • martian

    anatomical our heart is situated on the left so you want the heart to be "on top" so to speak so as to allow full expansion and puts less pressure on the heart. enables you to reach a natural resting heart rate and blood pressure.