Meditation, Death & Dying – Ep. 126

This podcast explores what happens at the moment of death and beyond according to Buddhist wisdom found in the ‘Bardo Thodol’ known in English as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Explaining the different stages of existence: life, death and the in-between Professor Thurman provides practical meditation methods for living more fully in our daily lives and to help one prepare for the moment of death.

Includes a detailed explanation of Vipassana (Insight Meditation), Shamatha (Calm Abiding Meditation) and their context within the Tibetan Buddhist Mind Training & Inner Sciences Tradition.

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The song ‘Dancing Ling’ by Tenzin Choegyal from the album ‘Heart Sutra‘ (2004) by Ethno Super Lounge is used on the Bob Thurman Podcast with artist’s permission, all rights reserved.

Excerpted from a lecture given on October 29, 2015 at Menla Retreat Center, as part of a retreat called “Death & Deathlessness: Buddhist Insights and Practices for Life, Death, and the In-Between” with Dale Borglum & Robert A.F. Thurman.

Podcast Extra

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The so-called "Tibetan Book of the Dead" has been renowned for centuries as a classic of Buddhist wisdom and religious thought. More recently, it has become highly influential in the Western world for its psychological insights …