This week, Fliss Rich introduces a discussion of the Tibetan Buddhist view of death and the afterlife as expressed in The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In his review of the first full English translation of The Book of the Dead by Gyurme Dorje (Penguin Classics, 2005), Ian Pindar describes it as “a kind of Baedeker for the afterlife, and like the best guidebooks its reassuring refrain is ‘Don’t panic!’” He also adds that C. G. Jung “revered The Tibetan Book of the Dead as a great psychological work.”
In the session, we will consider Sogyal Rinpoche’s modernised version of the book in his The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (London: HarperCollins, 1992, pp. 7, 10-14, 102-107, 282-284), and C. G. Jung’s “Psychological commentary on ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead’” (Psychology and Religion: West and East (1938), The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, 11, 2nd ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969, pp. 509-526/pars. 831-858).
Myth Reading Group: Thursday 5 May
12.00-1.30pm in Room 3.318
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