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Psycho-Spiritual Symbolism in the Tibetan Book of the Dead

by Sangharakshita

According to Tibetan tradition, in the bardo, an 'intermediate state' in the endless round of birth and death, we are free for an instant from that round. The Tibetan book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) describes six of these opportunities for escape from reactivity.

Talk given in 1967.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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1. Death (12:06) 
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2. The Tibetan book of the dead - the Bardo Thödol; Padmasambhava, the lotus-born guru; The Termas (6:17) 
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3. The English translation of the Bardo Thödol; the meaning of the title (3:36) 
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4. The general principle underlying the Bardo teaching; Two types of conditionally; (9:46) 
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5. i.The Bardo of Life (2:30) 
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6. ii.The Bardo of Dream; (3:18) 
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7. iii.The Bardo of Meditation (5:05) 
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8. iv.The Bardo of the Moment of Death: the Clear Light of Reality and the Secondary Clear Light (9:37) 
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9. v.The Bardo of Reality (11:52) 
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10. vi.The Bardo of Rebirth (4:45) 
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11. A reading of 'The Root Verses of the Six Bardos' (4:39) 


Total running time: 1:13:31

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