9780195133127

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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9780195133127

Or The After-Death Experiences on the Bardo Plane, according to Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup’s English Rendering

This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz’s three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book’s translation, and finally the volume’s profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book’s audience–from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement–and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages. Compiled and Edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz  with a New Foreword and Afterword by Donald S. Lopez (Oxford U Pr, Sept 28 2000, 354 pp, 10 b&w line illus)

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