Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead

According to the Buddhist view, nothing is permanent or fixed. The entire world of our experience is constantly appearing and disappearing at every moment. Using vivid and dramatic imagery, the Tibetan Book of the Dead presents the notion that most of us are living in a dream that will continue from lifetime to lifetime until we truly awaken by becoming enlightened. Here, Fremantle, who worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa on the 1975 translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, brings the expertise of a lifetime of study to rendering this intriguing classic more accessible and meaningful to the living.

Luminous Emptiness features in-depth explanations of:

  • The Tibetan Buddhist notions of death and rebirth
  • The meaning of the five energies and the five elements in Tibetan Buddhism
  • The mental and physical experience of dying, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

By Francesca Fremantle