tibetan book of the dead

You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.
—  Tibetan Book of The Dead

“A person well trained in Vajrayana can recognise a strict order in the four stages of falling asleep, and is well prepared to ascertain an analogous order in the dying process” -HH Dalai Lama

“This parallel emphasises the value of dream training, and we realise that we can have a trial run at dying and death every time we go to sleep”

“Stage 4 is the closest we get to the enlightened mind, and in it the veils obscuring enlightened nature are the thinnest. However, without training we are almost invariably unconscious at this point and do not recognise it”

Graph and above quotes from “Living, Dreaming, Dying: Practical Wisdom from the Tibetan Book of the Dead”

In Buddhism, What Happens Between Death And Rebirth?

The “Tibetan Book of the Dead,” from the 1300s, was a Buddhist funerary text. According to the book, the wicked dead are said to endure bodily tortures after death before being reborn into the next life. Spiritual reflection will show there is no need to fear, the book reassures its readers, “because, in truth, your body is a natural form of emptiness.”

O child, that which is called death has now arrived, so you should adopt this attitude: ‘I have arrived at the time of death, so now, by means of this death, I will adopt only the attitude of the enlightened state of mind, friendliness and compassion, and attain perfect enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings as limitless as space…’. You are not alone in leaving this world. It happens to everyone, so do not feel desire and yearning for this life. You cannot stay, you can only wander in Samsara. Do not be afraid, do not be attracted to the soft yellow light of the hungry ghosts. You are really the natural form of emptiness, so there is no need to fear. The Lords of Death are the natural form of emptiness- your own confused projections- and you are the natural form of emptiness, a mental body of unconcious tendencies. Emptiness cannot harm emptiness.
—  Tibetan Book of the Dead

I just watched this movie called “Enter The Void” which is about this kid who takes DMT and crazy shit happens. Anyways, in the movie there is talk of the Tibetan Book of The Dead. This book is also referred to as “Bardo Thodol” in Standard Tibetan and “The Liberation Through Hearing During The Intermediate State” in English. I did a little research on it, and ended up finding a copy of it online. I read into it, and started learning all about Tibetan Buddhism and about the first, second and third Bardo. I had already had some minimal previous knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, but this book, holy shit…blew my mind. This is going to sound weird, but I’ve never been so sure of something. Life makes more sense now. 

You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.
— Tibetan Book of The Dead

Artist: Alex Grey

Rebirth, 14"x24", oil on wood, SOLD

“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.