The Tibetan Book of the Dead (DVD)

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead (DVD)

Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching originating in the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.

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Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.

Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

Cast
Dalai Lama
Ram Dass

Crew
Editor Leonard Cohen
Directed by Barrie McLean

"Leonard Cohen's narration, it must be said straight off, was perfect. No one else could have succeeded so brilliantly at calmly and richly presenting this series."
- Canadian Content

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a marvelous documentary creation. It is excellently written, and Leonard Cohen's narration suits the theme beautifully. The cinematography is breathtaking: snow-capped, mighty mountains pinpricked by isolated towns provide suitable images of insignificant humanity in a vast, lonely, and hostile universe. Yet this view is juxtaposed with a sensitive portrayal of Tibetan Buddhism's central tenet: To seek truth and practice compassion is the meaning and purpose of life. The characters of the lamas - filled with joy and compassion - imbue the film with the light of their eternal hopes for the world. This is a film that demands multiple viewing. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

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About the film

Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.

Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

Cast
Dalai Lama
Ram Dass

Crew
Editor Leonard Cohen
Directed by Barrie McLean

Praise & Reviews

"Leonard Cohen's narration, it must be said straight off, was perfect. No one else could have succeeded so brilliantly at calmly and richly presenting this series."
- Canadian Content

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a marvelous documentary creation. It is excellently written, and Leonard Cohen's narration suits the theme beautifully. The cinematography is breathtaking: snow-capped, mighty mountains pinpricked by isolated towns provide suitable images of insignificant humanity in a vast, lonely, and hostile universe. Yet this view is juxtaposed with a sensitive portrayal of Tibetan Buddhism's central tenet: To seek truth and practice compassion is the meaning and purpose of life. The characters of the lamas - filled with joy and compassion - imbue the film with the light of their eternal hopes for the world. This is a film that demands multiple viewing. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

Shipping Policy

Please allow 2-3 business days to prepare your order. We fulfill 3 times a week in our shop.

Shipping times will vary depending on the service you have chosen and does not include the time it takes to process your order.

We do not offer any express or next day service unless we have communicated directly and can confirm our availability to do this.

Donors can choose desired shipping service at checkout. We offer USPS, UPS for domestic mail and USPS, DHL for international mail.

International Orders

Please note that due to COVID-19 packages may be delayed up to 30 days. Double check with your postal and customs ministry to make sure it is accepting packages from other countries.

In addition to shipping, international orders may incur customs charges placed by the country of destination. It is a good idea to check with your customs ministry to find out about taxes and fees on imported goods before making a purchase.

Missing Mail

In the event that your package does not arrive within the expected estimated window of time we recommend following some preliminary steps:

  • Review your order confirmation and check for address errors
  • Review your tracking information to see if there are updates
  • Visit your local post office to see if they have additional information on the whereabouts of the package.
  • Email Us or fill out the form below and include the following.
    • Name
    • Order#
    • Information about your case.

Once we hear from you we will begin investigating the whereabouts of your missing package and get back to you.