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THE BARDO THODOL
HOW ARE YOU LIVING – ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT “WHAT COMES NEXT”?
We are almost finished THE GITA FOR OUR SECOND READING, AND AS THERE IS ALREADY SOME INTEREST, WHEN WE FINISH, WE COULD START STUDYING THE BARO THODOL (The Tibetan Book of the Dead), or we could explore the Bible.
Whilst the Bible seems the lesser choice of the two, The King James version (called “The Book of Books”) has had a very exciting history. It has always been a “revolutionary document”. It has caused the death of kings, started wars, propelled explorers, and instigated revolutions, as well as being the most published (and maybe read) book in the world.. I think it would be a good study, especially as we are all familiar with it although we may not consider we are. Our government and our legal system are both predicated on its teachings for instance. We could study the history, and then take on the actual work.
Both texts would surprise you. In studying one alongside the other we could see what chapters in the Bible sit alongside the preparation for Dying (and living) found in the Bardo Thodol. This should keep our minds suitably engaged at least until the end of the year.
The bar do thos grol is known in the west as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a title popularized in the West, but as such virtually unknown in Tibet. The Tibetan Book of the Dead was first published in 1927 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz chose this title because of the parallels he found with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The finest extant example of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in antiquity is the Papyrus of Ani an Egyptian scribe. It was discovered by Sir E.A.Wallis Budge in 1888 and was taken to the British Museum where it currently resides. Budge was a scoundrel of an archaeologist when they all were bent on discovering treasure and repatriating it to England.
Contrary to the general belief spread in the West by Evans-Wentz, in Tibetan Buddhist practice the Tibetan Book of the Dead is not read to the people who are passing away, but it is rather used during life by those who want to learn to visualize what will come after death in order that they can amend their current life. It is this aspect that we will be focussing on when we move forward in its study probably in late June after we have concluded the Gita for the second time….
For now, we are concluding the Gita, which we have also read alongside the Bible as Yogananda who wrote a very good translation was a Christian as well as a yogi. One book does not contradict the other, and most stories can be backed up by archaeology – see the National Geographic specials by Roland Lim currently airing on pay TV..
SEE YOU ON SUNDAY OR ON ZOOM.