Tibetan Book of the Dead

(ca. 750)

Bardo Thodol (“Liberation through Hearing”), often known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a funerary text, a guide for the dead and dying, and a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world. It is perhaps among the best-known texts in world religious literature on the afterlife and the process of reincarnation. Its first publication in the West, in 1927, was edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz, who rendered the title in English as the Tibetan Book of the Dead because of its similarities to the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The legendary Indian...