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Publisher Description

One of the 25 most influential people in America according to
Time magazine, and "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism" (
The New York Times), Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in
Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying: it is not an ending to be feared, but a wondrous and liberating culmination of our life's journey, potentially opening into glorious new beginnings. Entering the bardo, the in-between state in which one reality dissolves and the next has not yet formed, we need not become prey to our fears and hopes. Instead, we can relax into our natural clarity and stabilize the journey. And this treasured teaching is for much more than just changing our understanding of death. Whether we have lost a dear relationship, awoken from a dream, or face the loss of our bodied life, simply hearing these teachings steadies our minds and hearts so that the journey from one state to the next changes from a tragic voyage into a clear adventure through the brilliant sky of great liberation.

Religion & Spirituality
Robert Thurman
hr min
October 13
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Customer Reviews

soundgoddess ,

Thank you Bob!

It is helpful to watch & listen to Bob's podcasts before you try to digest this. He has a pretty idiosyncratic way of lecturing. Also to have some familiarity with Buddhist concepts. If that is you, buy this - it's delightful, refreshing & completely energizing. I have listened to it daily since I bought it and it is balm for my soul. Thanks, Bob.

tonal6 ,

Why all the politics?

Why does he constantly berate Republicans and Republican policy in a lecture on spiritual Enlightenment? His Ego has remained quite strong.

Jean13 ,

Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Dr. Thurman provides clarity for life's journey in a caring way.

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