Tibetan Book of the Dead

(ca. 750)

Document Text

The Dawning of the Wrathful Deities, from the Eighth to the Fourteenth Day

Introduction

Now the manner of the dawning of the Wrathful Deities is to be shown.

In the above Bardo of the Peaceful [Deities] there were seven stages of ambuscade. The setting-face-to-face at each stage should have [caused the deceased] to recognize either at one or another [stage] and to have been liberated.

Multitudes will be liberated by that recognition; [and] although multitudes obtain liberation in that manner, the number of sentient beings being great, evil karma powerful, obscurations dense,...

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