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The Tibetan Book of the Dead (original 1927; edition 2005)

by W.Y. Evans-Wentz

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Title:The Tibetan Book of the Dead
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (Editor) (1927)

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Tedious. I felt like I had to mine the information out with a chisel and brush. The information is the treasure, the clumsy writing and unfortunate selection of vocabulary is the sand and clay. ( )
  Annmarie_Banks | Jan 26, 2014 |
A must read, I like the Evans-Wentz interpretation best of the 3 or 4 I've read ( )
  sfisk | Sep 4, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Evans-Wentz, W. Y.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evans-Wentz, W. Y.Prefacesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Govinda, Lama AnagarikaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hull, R. F. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jung, Carl GustavContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodroffe, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'Thou shall understand that it is a science most profitable, and
passing all other sciences, for to learn to die. Fora man to know
that he shall die, that is common to all men ; as much as there is
no man that may ever live or he hath hope or trust thereof; but
thou shall find full few that have Ihis cunning to learn to die. . . .
1 shall give tlicc the mystery of this doctrine; the which shall
profit Ihec greatly to the beginning of ghostly health, and to
a stable fundament of all virtues.'— Orologium Safientiae.
' Against his will he dieth that hath not learned to die. Learn
to die and thou shall learn to live, for there shall none learn to
live that hath not learned to die.'—Tour* of ail Tonics: and
Ttachtth a Man for to Die.
The Book o/ifie Craft of Dying (Comper's Edition).
' Whatever is here, that is there ; what is there, the same is
here. He who seeth licrc as different, mectcth death after death.
' By mind alone this is to be realized, and [then] there is no
difference here. From death to death he goeth, who seeth as if
there is difference here.'—Kalha Upanishad, iv. lo-n (Swami
Sliarvananda's Translation).
The phenomena of life may be likened unto a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, the glistening dew, or lightning flash;  and thus they ought to be contemplated -- The Buddha, in "The Immutable Sutra"
Dedication
IN MEMORY OF
MY DECEASED FATHER AND MOTHER
I DEDICATE
THIS BOOK TO MY TEACHERS
BOTH SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS
IN EUROPE AND AMERICA
AND THROUGHOUT
THE ORIENT
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Introduction: This is one of the half-dozen really great books of all time.
Preface: In this book I am seeking--so far as possible--to suppress my own views and to act simply as the mouthpiece of a Tibetan sage, of whom I was a recognized disciple.
Foreword:  The thought of death suggests two questions.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195002237, Paperback)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying--not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth--The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison.

This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz's three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and finally the volume's profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement--and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.

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