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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist writings in the West and one of the most inspirational and compelling texts in world literature.

In Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss, Graham Coleman, the editor of Viking's acclaimed unabridged translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, collects the most beautifully written passages, ones that draw out the central perspectives most relevant to modern experience: What is death? How can we help those who are dying? And how can we come to terms with bereavement?

Coleman introduces each chapter with a brilliant and incisive essay, providing the novice seeker access to these ancient insights.

With introductory commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this succinct but authoritative volume will convey the beauty and profundity of the original to both the simply curious and those hungry for a better understanding of this life and the next.

©2009 Graham Coleman and The Dalai Lama (P)2009 Tantor

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Excellent modern Tibetan Book of the Dead

I've always found existing translations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to be extremely dry and difficult to get past the first chapter. This rendition puts the Tibetan Book of the Dead in a relatable context that allows the reader to understand its implications.

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Flat, Monotone, Robotic Narration Ruined It

The content is very interesting, and worthwhile reading, however this narrator's flat, monotone, robotic style creates an extremely disharmonious listening experience that does a great disservice to the spiritual wisdom being discussed. I really do enjoy the content but found myself struggling to stay engaged because of the narrator's droning cadence which caused my thoughts to continuously wander away to focus on the poor performance or other thoughts. I do not recommend this as an audio book with this narrator. Reading the text would be much more beneficial in this case.