Film: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Sunday, July 24th at 7pm

Away of Life, The Great Liberation


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

Part One: A Way of Life reveals the history of 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 deceasend Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book’s meaning and importance.

Part two: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the after life 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.

Running time: 90 minutes

Suggested donation: $5

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