Tibetan book of the dead Jul 31, 2017 7:05:22 GMT
Post by donq on Jul 31, 2017 7:05:22 GMT
First I have to apologize in advance, though I have had solid background in Buddhism, I never wanted to promote it here too much). I believe in the real spirituality that had no need to acquire any famous name. Anyway, this is a good topic and I'd like to share it here. Enjoy!
The day before yesterday I joined the meeting here, in my city. The topic was "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" by Dr Georges Drefus. Here's some information about him:
Dr Georges B. J. Dreyfus studied for fifteen years as an ordained Tibetan monk in Tibetan monastic universities in India and was the first ever Westerner to receive the title of Geshe – the highest distinction of scholarly learning in the Tibetan system. This necessitated becoming fluent in Tibetan, leading to roles as a translator for several of the very great Tibetan masters of the era.
The video above is of his talking. Unfortunately, it was a cut version (the full version was more than two hours) but I think its essence was still okay. Even so, it was still more than one hour. I recommend that you might want to download it on your computer to watch later. Copy and paste this url to the website, no brackets. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZZd9OCqF1o)
The followings are some free sites to do that:
I did like this meeting. Dr Georges did his wholehearted talking. When he didn't know he said he didn't know. One member raised a very interesting question, "How they know this process of dying (Liberation...in the Bardo)?" Dr Georges replied it was from a long time close observation and study. I was wondering if a yogi could commit suicide this way? I mean if they intentionally want to die peacefully when their physical conditions haven't reached their time (not yet terminal illness)? Could mind do that to body? Yes, I know about nacebo (a negative expectation of a phenomenon causes it to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would) which is opposite to placebo, but it could be able to do that in this case? I read in Tipitaka that a monk who had just reached his attainment of Arhatship tried to kill himself but the Buddha didn't agree on it.
There are also some other interpretations of Paticcasamuppāda (the law of Dependent Origination) about rebirth. It could mean that our rebirths could be happened in every next moment, many times, within a day. Wow!