Documentary: The Tibetan Book Of The Dead with Leonard Cohen

This video contains two separate episodes of 45 minutes each put back to back.

I highly recommend giving this a watch. For starters, this is a great anthropological view of rural Tibetan life and Buddhism, including culture and how these people view and bury their dead. In addition, we’ve got a short case study of reincarnation in the form of a high-level lama being reborn as a boy.

What struck me the most is the idea that the soul, after leaving the human body, goes to another dimension where demons are seen and have to be faced. According to the theology, these demons are the manifestations of the human mind and must be accepted or comprehended in order to be conquered. That’s the only way the soul can progress, otherwise the soul goes back to Earth to live another life. Others have said, and I’m saying this too, that Gnostic Jesus was really talking about a watered form of Buddhism in The Gospel Of Thomas. What I did not know was that this idea of a Lord Of Death, possibly the Demiurge, and the concept of Archons might have come from Buddha as well.

I will be posting an audiobook translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead right after this. It is a good idea to watch this video first, as the book goes into much heavier detail and may bog a person down if they don’t have some of the basics in mind ahead of time.


From the Youtube description: Narrated by Leonard Cohen!

Part 1: A Way Of Life
Part 2: The Great Liberation

According to Buddhist scholar and translator Robert Thurman (father of Uma), The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Bardo Thodol, “organizes the experiences of the between—(Tibetan, bar-do) usually referring to the state between death and rebirth.” While The Book of the Dead has, of course, a long and illustrious history in Tibetan Buddhist life, it also has its place in the history of the West, particularly among 20th century intellectuals and artists. In the 1950s, for example, there was talk among Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, and Aldous Huxley to turn the Bardo into a ballet with a Greek chorus. Huxley, who famously spent his final hours on an acid trip, asked that a passage from the book be read to him as he lay dying: “Hey! Noble one, you named Aldous Huxley! Now the time has come for you to seek the way….”

Title: Tibetan Book Of The Dead (Full Documentary) (YT link) Uploaded by Independent Overground TV.

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