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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Thurman
Narrator: Robert Thurman
Genres: Self Development, Buddhism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Thurman, Robert

Robert Thurman is the author of the critically acclaimed, popular original books "Inner Revolution" and "Infinite Life" and a translator of sacred Tibetan texts, including "The Essence of True Eloquence" and "The Tibetan Book of the Dead." He teaches at Columbia University and holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in America. Cofounder of Tibet House US and Menla Mountain Retreat Center, he lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York.