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

Artist: Alex Grey

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.

-The Tibetan Book of The Dead

We’re all like bees, alone in this world, buzzing and searching with no place to rest. So we offer this prayer:
Delusions are as various as the reflections of the moon on a rippling sea. Being so easily become caught in a net of confused pain. May I develop compassion boundless as the sky so that all may rest in the clear light of their own awareness.

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.

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. 

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
RENUNCIATION:
Get thee away from the life-lust, from conceit,
From ignorance, and from distraction’s craze;
Sunder the bonds; so only shalt thou come
To utter end of Ill. Throw off the Chain
Of birth and death—thou knowest what they mean.
So, free from craving, in this life on earth,
Thou shalt go on thy way calm and serene.
—  The Buddha