The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation: Or the Method of Realizing Nirvana Through Knowing the…

Paperback | July 15, 2000

EditorW. Y. Evans-WentzbyC. G. JungForeword byDonald S. Lopez

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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, which was unknown to the Western world until its first publication in 1954, speaks to the quintessence of the Supreme Path, or Mahayana, and fully reveals the yogic method of attaining Enlightenment. Such attainment can happen, as shown here, by meansof knowing the One Mind, the cosmic All-Consciousness, without recourse to the postures, breathings, and other techniques associated with the lower yogas. The original text for this volume belongs to the Bardo Thodol series of treatises concerning various ways of achieving transcendence, a seriesthat figures into the Tantric school of the Mahayana. Authorship of this particular volume is attributed to the legendary Padma-Sambhava, who journeyed from India to Tibet in the 8th century, as the story goes, at the invitation of a Tibetan king. Padma-Sambhava's text per se is preceded by anaccount of the great guru's own life and secret doctrines. It is followed by the testamentary teachings of the Guru Phadampa Sangay, which are meant to augment the thought of the other gurus discussed herein. Still more useful supplementary material will be found in the book's introductory remarks, by its editor Evans-Wentz and by the eminent psychoanalyst C. G. Jung. The former presents a 100-page General Introduction that explains several key names and notions (such as Nirvana, for starters) with thelucidity, ease, and sagacity that are this scholar's hallmark; the latter offers a Psychological Commentary that weighs the differences between Eastern and Western modes of thought before equating the "collective unconscious" with the Enlightened Mind of the Buddhist. As with the other three volumesin the late Evans-Wentz's critically acclaimed Tibetan series, all four of which are being published by Oxford in new editions, this book also features a new Foreword by Donald S. Lopez.

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This sacred and enlightening text should be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person. With its exquisite view of existence, The Tibetan Book of the Dead — Fourth Edition introduces readers to the experience of death as well as the wonder of rebirth. The description of three intermediate states of being is a guide t...

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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, which was unknown to the Western world until its first publication in 1954, speaks to the quintessence of the Supreme Path, or Mahayana, and fully reveals the yogic method of attaining Enlightenment. Such attainment can happen, as shown here, by meansof knowing the One Mind, the cosmic All-Cons...

Donald S. Lopez is at University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 5.12 × 7.8 × 0.79 inPublished:July 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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This sacred and enlightening text should be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person. With its exquisite view of existence, The Tibetan Book of the Dead — Fourth Edition introduces readers to the experience of death as well as the wonder of rebirth. The description of three intermediate states of being is a guide to death and a guide to living. W.Y. Evans-Wentz offers readers this challenging and unique text while Donald S. Lopez provides an afterward.