The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Traveler’s Guide to Other Worlds

Article by Mark Mirabello, Ph.D. In fabled Tibet, the land of Diamond Vehicle Buddhism, the trek of the deceased is described in a religious classic called the Bardo Thodol or Liberation by Hearing in the After-Death Plane. In the words of British Orientalist Sir John Woodroffe (1865–1936), the book is a “traveler’s guide to other worlds.” Bardo Thodol Written in the eighth century CE by a sage named Padma Sambhava (or Rinpoche), the Bardo Thodol was hidden in a cave on the mountain called Gampo Dar. It was found in the…

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