This text, which describes the process of death and dying to the newly deceased, is perhaps the most well known Buddhist text in the West, bookshelves are filled with books on death and dying and spirituality -- this book might be the only book you really need!
At some moment in the near future you will close your eyes for the last time on this world. Death is more certain than retirement - and longer. Like anything else, the more you learn about it and get acquainted with it, the less shocking and scary it will be.
The Tibetan title, Bardo Thodol, does not refer to death as such. Thodol means "liberation through understanding." Bardo means a "between state," an interval or transition between two mental states, whether experienced in life or after death. Hence the work's Tibetan title (which might be translated more literally as Liberation through Understanding the Between) alludes to bardo states that may be experienced at any point over the cycle of life, death and rebirth, yet the work itself overtly discusses only the bardo states experienced during death, offering explicit instruction on how to navigate them.
As a text for practical use, as a source of spiritual inspiration, and as literature, this book shines.
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