March 10, 2009

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (A Way of Life)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese government. That rebellion failed and the Dalai Lama fled. Instead of talking about the ongoing issues between Tibet and China, I would like to post this documentary on the Tibetan book of the dead.

"Death 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. "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. "

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