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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books) by Donald Lopez
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

LuckySpark, August 7, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. Do not expect it to dissect the deep meanings and interpretations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It does not do that nor does it attempt to do that. Lopez presents the fascinating history behind the people who first translated the Tibetan Book of the Dead into English and brought it to the West. He out lines their connections to one another and their motivations and their personal and religious influence on the interpretations provided in the first translations. Did you know that the Tibetan Book of the Dead was not that important to Tibetan Buddhists? That the translators were theosophists and spiritualists who translated it and interpreted it in order to bolster their own theology? Me neither. If you have any interest in Buddhism, spiritualism, or Theosophy, I think you'll find this book to be quite satisfying and a quick read.
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