The Tibetan Way of Life, Death and Rebirth

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A stunningly illustrated guide to the fascinating traditions of Tibet, including the 700-year-old Tibetan Book of the Dead, written by leading Buddhist historian Prof. John Peacock

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Author: John Peacock
ISBN: 9781844837946.
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Tibet is the homeland of a profound but complex wisdom, characterized by a fascinating fusion of Buddhism with the older Bon religion. From Buddhism comes an emphasis on compassion, asceticism and enlightenment; while from Bon comes a preoccupation with shamanic healing, demonic forces and the fight between good and evil.

This book looks at key themes of Tibetan belief in relation to the vital issues: how to live (including how to meditate and pray), how to prepare for death, how to negotiate the intermediate state known as bardo, how to escape from the endless cycle of rebirth. Also covered are the teachings of Tantra and of the lamas, as well as sacred texts such as Song of Milarepa and the 14th-century Tibetan Book of the Dead. Beautifully illustrated, the book unfolds the mysteries of Tibetan belief with unparalleled clarity.

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  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    I have read many Buddha Dharma books. This is a new category I consider – written by an Academic with extensive knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation (meditation mentioned from John’s online CV not in this book).

    All of the main topics are covered herein – and the iconic images, photos are of an extremely high resolution/quality for what amounts to a handbook sized item.

    My only other point at this stage (I haven;t read entire book yet – it is a really reference book after all) – is that John does not mention his background anywhere in the book. I like to know (have authenticated) the authors credentials. So I checked up online (thank you the internet or else I would have discarded the book entirely).

    Also made me check up when referring to FPMT followers – I always thought of myself as a student. But makes a good distinction here from an academic viewpoint. Don’t just be a sheep/follower.

    Finally I was still trying to assimilate Geshe Thubten Jinpas’ comment about this being THE book he would recommend. But there are so many by HHDL! I think I get it now though ( a great endorsement by Geshe TJ).

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